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Bahrain: Lewis wins as F1 gets real

2014-04-06 18:51

RACE START, AND THEY'RE SMOKIN': 2014 Bahrain F1 GP, first corner. It was how the race would be run, with lots of wheel-to-wheel overtaking and even team mates squabbling for place. Image: AFP / Marwan Naamani

LES STEPHENSON

SAKHIR, Bahrain - Lewis Hamilton won the 2014 Bahrain Formula 1 GP on April 6 but the race will go down in racing history as the weekend that the new-spec V6 turbo/hybrid cars came of age.

Hamilton and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg were battling wheel-to-wheel even though they were as much as a half-minute ahead of the rest of the field  for many laps; Williams, too, seemed to have no team orders and former back-markers Force India were up there with the leaders.

It was Hamilton's second and consecutive win and a second successive 102 for the Mercedes F1 team.

SHOCK CRASH

Other names usually seen as also-rans were way up beyond midfield and the man to watch was young Daniel Riccardo, fighting back from a 10-place grid penalty to get back into the top 10 and, as he said before the race, "just get some points for the team".

With 11 laps to go he was up to seventh from 14th. He finished fourth!

A shock crash - Pastor Maldonado made tyre contact with Guttierez' car which flipped and rolled through the air. Neither driver was hurt but the pace car was out for several laps as the debris was cleared.

RICCIARDO PASSED BUTTON

The pace car went off at the end of lap 46 with a dozen cars behind it and within striking distance of each other and immediately the two Mercedes were raing each other again though the team radio begged them to both "come home".

Riccardo swept past Button on lap 47 and into sixth as the cars raced as bunched-up as at the race start - 10 cars in a 300km/h traffic jam but at the end it was Lewis Hamilton from team mate Nico Rosberg, followed by Perez (Force India) in another Mercedes-powered car, and awesome Ricciardo (Red Bull) with Hulkenberg in the other Force India fifth.

Then came Vettel (Red Bull), Bottas (Williams), Alonso (Ferrari), Raikkonen (Ferrari) 10th and claiming the final point.

Rosberg, who won in Australia, remains on top of the Drivers' standings with 61 points with Hamilton second on 50 after three races.

A great race - let's have more of it next time.

Result from the 2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1hr39min42.743
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +01.085
3 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes +24.067
4 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - Renault +24.489
5 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes +28.654
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault +29.879
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes +31.265
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes +31.876
9 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari +32.595
10 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +33.462
11 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault +41.342
12 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault +43.143
13 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari +59.909
14 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault +1min02.803
15 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault +1min27.900
16 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1 lap

Retired
Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 2 laps
Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 17 laps
Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari - 18 laps
Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault - 24 laps
Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault - 39 laps
Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 40 laps

Fastest lap: Nico Rosberg – 1min37.020, Lap 49.

Drivers’ and Constructors’ points after the 2014 Bahrain Formula 1 GP on April 6 2014

Drivers
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 61
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 50
3 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India- 28
4 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 26
5 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 23
6 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 23
7 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 20
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 18
9 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 16
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 12
11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 7
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 4
14 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 3
15 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 0
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
18 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0
20 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 0
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
22 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 0
 
Constructors
1 Mercedes - 111
2 Force India - Mercedes - 44
3 McLaren - 43
4 Red Bull - Renault - 35
5 Ferrari - 33
6 Williams-Mercedes - 30
7 Toro Rosso - Renault - 7
8 Lotus - Renault - 0
9 Sauber - Ferrari - 0
10 Marussia - Ferrari - 0
11 Caterham - Renault - 0

Starting grid from the 2014 Bahrain F1 GP
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) - Mercedes
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) - Mercedes
3 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) - Williams-Mercedes
4 Sergio Perez (Mexico) - Force India - Mercedes
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) - Ferrari
6 Jenson Button (Britain) - McLaren
7 Felipe Massa (Brazil) - Williams-Mercedes
8 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) - McLaren
9 Fernando Alonso (Spain) - Ferrari
10 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) - Red Bull - Renault
11 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) - Force India - Mercedes
12 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) - Toro Rosso - Renault
13 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) - Red Bull - Renault
14 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) - Toro Rosso - Renault
15 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) - Sauber - Ferrari
16 Romain Grosjean (France) - Lotus - Renault
17 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) - Lotus - Renault
18 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) - Caterham - Renault
19 Jules Bianchi (France) - Marussia - Ferrari
20 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) - Caterham - Renault
21 Max Chilton (Britain) - Marussia - Ferrari
22 Adrian Sutil (Germany) - Sauber - Ferrari
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