Sebastian Vettel took a large lead in the 2017 Formula 1 Driver’s Championship after winning Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix over Mercedes-AMG Petronas’ Lewis Hamilton.
It was Hamilton’s teammate Valterri Bottas that started the race from pole, however after a faulty generator accidentally overinflated Bottas’ tires on the grid, the Fin quickly lost time to Vettel and Hamilton. Vettel jumped Hamilton for second from third on grid when the lights out and followed Bottas in second from Turn 1. He then pitted from the lead to take Soft tires on Lap 10, getting the undercut on Bottas and Hamilton and reentering in 12th.
Soon after Vettel reentered the track a full course yellow came out for a collision between Williams’ Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz. This forced Mercedes to pit their drivers at the same time, and after a rather slow pit stop from Bottas slowed both drivers’ stops, Vettel claimed first in a rather easy fashion. Hamilton, who slowed in order to let Bottas’ stop finish, then received a five second penalty for impeding Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the pits.
Vettel received intense pressure from Bottas on the restart but defender the spot well and quickly put a gap between him and the Mercedes. Hamilton, who was on the Soft tire rather than the red sidewall Supersoft, soon proved to be quicker then Bottas and the Fin received team order to let him past. Vettel pitted for the second time on Lap 33, which put Hamilton in the lead until he too pitted for new Softs soon after. Neither of the Mercedes could catch Vettel, however, and he took the win after crossing the finish line 6.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
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