Lewis Hamilton given grid penalty for Bahrain GP

10 April, 2018, 20:17 | Author: Edward Snyder
  • Ferrari mechanic Francesco Cigarini on the ground

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix after pipping Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.143s.

French rookie Pierre Gasly took a stunning fourth place for the Honda-powered Toro Rosso team ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

Four-time world champion Hamilton, who created a minor controversy when he showed his approval on social media earlier in the day of the retention of grid girls at the Monaco Grand Prix, said before his penalty had been announced that it had been "a normal Friday".

"Wow!" screamed Vettel as he crossed the line.

"I think I came on the radio with ten laps to go, "I have everything under control" - I don't think they broadcast that one", he admitted.

"I was doing the maths inside the vehicle - 10 laps to go at that kind of pace, I thought he was going to catch me".

We can hardly see less. I wasn't able to get any more from the new tyres at the end and the Ferraris were really the quickest.

His hopes of chalking a 3rd Bahrain win on Sunday have been taken a hit, with all the Briton place to shed five puts on the grid for the unscheduled gearbox change in his Mercedes.

"I was seeing red", he said. "It was damage limitation. I started ninth so third is not that bad". The mechanic was taken to the hospital as Raikkonen stepped out of the vehicle, calling it a day.




Hamilton, meanwhile, escaped undamaged from his scrape with the Red Bull driver and made rapid progress of his own, climbing to fourth by lap eight.

Outside of the sport's top-three teams, Nico Hulkenberg was seventh in second practice for Renault ahead of Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly.

Alonso was eventually culled after Q2, while Renault snatched two top-ten spots along with Gasly and Esteban Ocon in the Force India.

The race began with temperatures falling from 29 and 35 degrees Celsius respectively for air and track.

As a result of his back-to-back wins, Vettel heads to China with a 17-point lead over Hamilton in the standings. Raikkonen was given the green light to exit before his left rear tire had been changed, with the Finn's auto then hitting a mechanic who was taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg while the driver retired. The incident brought out the red flag, which delayed the session for no more than five minutes while marshals pulled out Verstappen's auto. He pulled over on the side of the track because of an electrical failure, prompting the safety auto to come out. By not taking on fuel, a pit stop could take as long as two seconds, so tire changers need to be quick.

The incident occurred as Ferrari pondered how best to cope with Mercedes' one-stop strategy, with Silver Arrows pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton switching to the medium compound after seeing Vettel and Raikkonen given the shorter-life soft tyre. "But just. There wasn't much.at the end of the straight Valtteri had a bit of a sniff but fortunately he ran out of laps".

He place him a whopping 0.525 seconds away from second-placed Max Verstappenalong with his RedBull team partner Daniel Ricciardo that a additional 0.059 seconds adrift in third.

Vettel, last year's championship runner-up, has a golden chance to extend his overall lead.

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