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2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Sunday, April 22, 2012
Hot, dry and overcast
Fastest Lap:
Vettel, 1m36.379
2012 season:

Four Grands Prix into the 2012 Formula 1 season and we have four different winners from four different teams.

At the Bahrain Grand Prix it was the turn of Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull to take the top step on the podium after a thrilling race, which saw Kimi Räikkönen finish second and Romain Grosjean third.

In China seven days ago Vettel failed to make it into Q3 for the first time since 2009, but after some subtle tweaks to the Red Bull over the past week, the double World Champion took a stunning pole position on Saturday and dominated the race. Like so many times in the last two years, the German immediately pulled out a comfortable lead to second-placed man Lewis Hamilton, who had qualified alongside Vettel on the front row.

However, McLaren’s day was only going to get worse. Hamilton lost 17 seconds in the pits throughout the race after a cross-threaded wheel nut delayed his first two stops. Even if he didn’t have those problems in the pits though, the race pace of the McLaren was nowhere near that of the Red Bulls, or indeed of the Lotus cars. Hamilton finally finished down in eighth behind Alonso and di Resta.