Vettel claimed his 49th career victory in his 200th F1 start by just 0.699 seconds ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas who took on the responsibility of taking the fight to Ferrari after Hamilton started ninth following a five-second grid penalty prior to qualifying, yesterday. When they told me the pace of Valtteri at that time, there was no way I could match that.
"Bittersweet WIN for #Seb5 and for the Scuderia, nice efficiency however we're all ready for the medical bulletin for our mechanic #BahrainGP", Ferrari tweeted on the finish of the race. Sometimes I feel it's all a bit blown up and artificial if we have these questions, trying to make a story out of nothing.
"I go when the light is green and I don't see what happens behind", said Raikkonen, who stopped his vehicle in the pitlane straight after the incident and retired from the race.
"I don't know what Lewis did", Vettel said after asking if he could answer the journalist's question. I really tried to keep it as clean as possible.
"I'm happy", he said. It was damage limitation. "I began ninth so third is not unsafe in any respect".
A disastrous pit stop for team mate Kimi Raikkonen left a Ferrari mechanic injured on the ground and forced the Finn's retirement.
A virtual safety auto period to recover the retired Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo paused the race, and after the re-start Hamilton swept past Fernando Alonso's McLaren on the pit straight before - seemingly with the braking zone fast approaching - deciding to dive past both Ocon and Hulkenberg into the first corner.
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Mohamed Elneny was also shown red before the end of the game, for a lighter push on Southampton fullback Cedric Soares. It took us some time to get to the pace of the game.
But in the end, Vettel prevailed, holding off the Finn to win his second F1 race in a row.
Hamilton started ninth on the grid and battled his way into contention before ultimately finishing adrift of the leading two drivers. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed.
Bottas had closed five seconds in five laps and was right on Vettel's tail as they entered the final lap - but a half-hearted move into the first corner was not enough and Vettel was able to hang on.
However, Raikkonen accidentally ran over one of his mechanics who suffered a broken leg.
The German beat Valtteri Bottas to the win by less than a second after Mercedes appeared to have outsmarted Ferrari at the pit stops. Hamilton then pitted, also for mediums, which left both Mercedes on a one-stop strategy and Ferrari requiring another stop each.
The incident during Raikkonen's second stop of the race saw the green light above his vehicle illuminate, indicating the auto was free to go, but the left-rear tyre had yet to be changed, meaning the mechanic was in the way when the auto got underway.