Sebastian Vettel victorious at the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 23, 2012

The winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix is Sebastian Vettel who achieved a pole-to-flag victory even as Kimi Raikkonen put up a good fight. Vettel’s win is the first for Red Bull this year. There had been plenty of controversy around the Bahrain Grand Prix but it was surprisingly incident-free and was a good race for Lotus. Kimi Raikkonen caught Vettel around half distance and went from 11th place all the way to second.

His team mate, Romain Grosjean, skipped four places from having the No. 7 grid position to get to third place. Fourth place went to Mark Webber while fifth place was taken by Nico Rosberg who run Hamilton and Alonso off the track.

There will be an investigation of these events after the race. Di Resta had to fall behind to sixth place after Rosberg, who had then gotten new tires, passed him on the pit straight. Di Resta had been the leader for a short period but had proved that in being the sole major participant to pit twice, choosing an alternative pit strategy can pay dividends.

Alonso had a good start but he didn’t achieve the pace to remain there. He ended up in the seventh spot. It was an unfortunate race for McLaren. Hamilton had the No. 8 spot after experiencing issues with the left rear wheelnut, resulting to delays in the first and second pitstops. Team mate Jenson Button stayed in the top six for majority of the race but had to retire due to a puncture in the closing stages and a mechanical problem on the second to last lap.

Felipe Massa was able to match the pace of his team mate even when the Ferrari team was split by Hamilton's McLaren. Massa had led Michael Schumacher to the flag, after the German race swiftly drove through the field from being No. 22 on the grid to No. 10.

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