Formula 1 post-race report: Bahrain Grand Prix

Such an eventful race!
by Jason Dela Cruz | Apr 22, 2013


What a cracker of a race this was, and a topsy-turvy one at that! It really is difficult to make predictions because of unexpected circumstances. The cars\' performances are so close--a much-needed ingredient for wheel-to-wheel racing, which the Bahrain Grand Prix offered lots of.

With such an eventful race, how did we do with our predictions?

1. It will continue to be tight among the top four teams. We think Ferrari will finally take this one. The fight for pole was tight. Although we have to admit that we didn\'t expect Nico Rosberg to take it. Fernando Alonso looked strong and will undoubtedly be contending for pole all season long. But realizing he was down on Rosberg\'s time, he went straight to the pits to conserve his tires. We nearly got our first point.

2. Nico Hulkenberg will continue his strong form and finish in the points. Not this time. The pace of the Sauber just wasn\'t there. He finished 12th.


3. Nico Rosberg will finally get one over teammate Lewis Hamilton. This one puzzled us. It\'s pretty clear the Mercs didn\'t have the speed on Sunday, but after Rosberg\'s pit stop, his pace disappeared. As for Hamilton, he was much faster after his pit stop. They finished ninth and fifth, respectively. No point for us still.

4. Sergio Perez will continue to struggle. Critics must have jolted Perez. He crossed the finish line in sixth, his best finish so far in a McLaren. The MP4-28 may not be up to scratch just yet, but the McLaren duo added spice to the race, trading places and coming close a number of times. The Brit finished 10th. We tipped the wrong driver.

5. Fernando Alonso will score a second straight win. So much for luck--Alonso\'s and ours. He could\'ve battled for the win. Instead, a DRS glitch dropped him to 19th. He finished eighth with a relentless recovery drive, running as high as seventh. A duel with Sergio Perez on the last few laps added more excitement.

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BAH Starting grid Race results
Pos Driver (Team) Quali Driver (Team) Time/Gap
1 N. Rosberg (Mercedes) 1m32.330s S. Vettel (Red Bull)  1h36m00.498s
2 S. Vettel (Red Bull) 1m32.584s K. Raikkonen (Lotus) +9.1s
3 F. Alonso (Ferrari) 1m32.667s R. Grosjean (Lotus) +19.5s
4 F. Massa (Ferrari) 1m33.207s P. di Resta (Force India) +21.7s
5 P. di Resta (Force India) 1m33.235s L. Hamilton (Mercedes) +35.2s
6 A. Sutil (Force India) 1m33.246s S. Perez (McLaren) +35.9s
7 M. Webber (Red Bull) 1m33.078s (Penalty) M. Webber (Red Bull) +37.2s
8 K. Raikkonen (Lotus) 1m33.327s F. Alonso (Ferrari) +37.5s
9 L. Hamilton (Mercedes) 1m32.762s (Penalty) N. Rosberg (Mercedes) +41.1s
10 J. Button (McLaren) No Time J. Button (McLaren) +46.6s
11 R. Grosjean (Lotus) 1m33.762s P. Maldonado (Williams)     +1m06.4s
12 S. Perez (McLaren) 1m33.914s N. Hulkenberg (Sauber) +1m12.9s
13 D. Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) 1m33.974s A. Sutil (Force India) +1m16.7s
14 N. Hulkenberg (Sauber) 1m33.976s V. Bottas (Williams) +1m21.5s
15 V. Bottas (Williams) 1m34.105s F. Massa (Ferrari) +1m26.3s
16 J. Vergne (Toro Rosso) 1m34.284s D. Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) +1 lap
17 P. Maldonado (Williams)         1m34.425s C. Pic (Caterham) +1 lap
18 C. Pic (Caterham) 1m35.283s E. Gutierrez (Sauber)     +1 lap
19 J. Bianchi (Marussia) 1m36.178s J. Bianchi (Marussia) +1 lap
20 G. van der Garde (Caterham) 1m36.304s M. Chilton (Marussia) +1 lap
21 M. Chilton (Marussia) 1m36.476s G. van der Garde (Caterham) +2 laps
22 E. Gutierrez (Sauber) 1m34.730s (Penalty) J. Vergne (Toro Rosso) retired


BAH Championship standings
Pos Driver Points Constructor Points
1 S. Vettel 77 Red Bull-Renault 109
2 K. Raikkonen 67 Lotus-Renault 93
3 L. Hamilton 50 Ferrari 77
4 F. Alonso 47 Mercedes 64
5 M. Webber 32 Force India-Mercedes 26
6 F. Massa 30 McLaren-Mercedes 23
7 R. Grosjean 26 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7
8 Di Resta 20 Sauber-Ferrari 5
9 N. Rosberg 14    
10 J. Button 13    
11 S. Perez 10    
12 D. Ricciardo 6    
13 A. Sutil 6    
14 N. Hulkenberg 5    
15 J. Vergne 1    

Photo from Nico Rosberg\'s Facebook page

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