Bahrain GP: Winners & Losers

WINNERS:

Sebastian Vettel: After a disappointing qualifying, Vettel made a good start getting ahead of Lewis Hamilton and took the lead from Valtteri Bottas after an early pit-stop paid off. It now means the German is top of the championship by seven points heading to Russia.

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Sergio Perez: Another stunning drive from the Mexican saw him come from 18th on the grid to finish 7th. Perez made a good start and thanks to a good strategy from his Force India team he secured his third points finish of the year in as many races.

Nico Hulkenberg: The German may have hoped to finish higher than 9th but after two difficult races in Australia and China, Hulkenberg secured Renault’s first points of the season much to the relief of the French manufacturer.

Pascal Wehrlein: After missing the first two races due to back problems, Wehrlein knew he had to deliver after Antonio Giovinazzi’s impressive performance in Australia. After a good qualifying session, the German finished 11th in the race narrowly missing out on a points finish for his Sauber team.

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LOSERS:

McLaren Honda: The less said the better for the Woking based team. Another double retirement with Alonso’s frustrations clear to see. Stoffel Vandoorne didn’t even make it to the start while Alonso retired with a few laps to go while he was running outside of the points.

Lance Stroll: The Canadian’s difficult start to life in F1 continued after he was clipped by the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz which ended his race. Stroll will be feeling the pressure as he remains pointless while his teammate Felipe Massa has the tag of “best of the rest” in the drivers’ championship after the Brazilian finished 6th.

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Max Verstappen: Both Red Bull’s were looking good in the early stages of the race but Verstappen’s race was cut short due to a break failure with the Dutchman not afraid to show his anger. At the time of his retirement from the race, Verstappen was running in the podium places and was showing good pace.

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Valtteri Bottas: After taking his first pole position in qualifying, Bottas, made a good start and was leading the race before the first round of pit-stops which saw Vettel take the lead. The Finn was also forced to let his teammate, Hamilton, through as the Brit tried to chase down his German rival for the victory.

Next up on the F1 calendar is the Russian Grand Prix from Sochi which takes place on the 30th April.

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