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GP Bahrain 2015 (race): Hamilton wins even under floodlights

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GP Bahrain 2015 (race result)
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D he planned takeover of Ferrari has been postponed. Lewis Hamilton celebrated his third win of the season in the fourth race in Bahrain. But Ferrari at least brought a car between the two Silver Arrows. Kimi Räikkönen landed in second place like in 2012 and 2013.

Räikkönen with a strong final spurt

The Finn could prevent the Mercedes one-two mainly thanks to an alternative tire strategy. In contrast to the Silver Arrows, Raikkonen only used the fast soft tire at the end of the race. In the middle stint on the medium, he kept the gap within limits with consistently fast laps. 2 laps before the end, a braking problem on Nico Rosberg's car in turn 1 ultimately decided the duel in favor of the iceman.

Lewis Hamilton's carbon stoppers also eased on the final lap. But the distance to Raikkonen was enough. The world champion rolled over the finish line with a 3.3 second lead. 'We showed that Mercedes is still number 1. But Ferrari put us under a lot of pressure today. We have to keep accelerating the development of the car,' said the world champion afterwards, cheering on his team.

Räikkönen was able to celebrate a podium position for the first time this year: 'I'm obviously happy about second place. After a difficult start to the season I finally got a good result. Unfortunately, I ran out of laps in the end. But we have to be satisfied with it. After the bad one The mood is better now in the preseason. We are working in the right direction. It will take a while before we can fight for victories. '

Rosberg in 3rd place could not be satisfied:' At the beginning it was the car still felt great. I was able to overtake both Ferraris. I tried to catch up with Lewis, but that was not possible. My pace was just not good enough today. In the fight against Kimi I was unfortunately only g with 2 laps to go straight ahead at the end of the home straight. ' Team boss Toto Wolff apologized after the race about the technical bad luck.

Vettel only in 5th place after a driving error

Sebastian Vettel also fought for the podium for a long time. At the start, the Heppenheimer was able to hold onto rank 2 ahead of Rosberg, but his Mercedes rival, who had also fallen behind Raikkonen in the first corners, only needed 8Laps to grab one Ferrari after the other.

With early pit stops, Vettel then pushed himself back in front of his compatriot twice. But a mistake in the target curve right after the last tire change on lap 35 ultimately made the decision in the German-German duel. Vettel damaged the front wing during the ride and had to make an additional repair stop.

The loss of time due to the extra service even threw Vettel back behind Valtteri Bottas' Williams. Although the Ferrari was able to drive significantly faster, the German couldn't find a way past the Finn in the final laps. 'I probably exaggerated it a bit,' said Vettel about the crucial mistake. 'The change of the front wing was a bit of a shame. Otherwise I would certainly have had fourth place in my pocket - maybe even third. Second place for Kimi is very good. A great result for the team.'

Ricciardo with engine failure on the finish line

In 6th place Daniel Ricciardo rolled over the finish line. The Red Bull driver would not have come much further. The Renault engine in the rear exploded once again on the finish line. 7th place went to Romain Grosjean in the Lotus, just like 7 days ago. Sergio Perez (Force India) in 8th and Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull in 9th also secured points.

The last point went to Felipe Massa. The Brazilian had to do damage control throughout the race after the engine in his Williams died on the way to the warm-up lap. Massa had to start from the pit lane. After many duels on the track, more than 10th place was not possible.

Button must fit before the start

<11th place went to Fernando Alonso, who narrowly missed the first championship point for McLaren-Honda this season. His team mate Jenson Button did not even start after irregularities in the telemetry were detected when the engine was started.

In 12th place, Nico Hülkenberg also had to travel home without a counter. In contrast to his team-mate Perez, the German tried a three-stop strategy, but the tactic didn't work. 'The start was relatively bad, but I was able to regain one or two places on the first lap. It just didn't go well overall. I just slipped from the start and had no grip at all,' complained the Rhinelander.

Hamilton comfortably leads the World Championship table

In the World Championship standings, Hamilton was able to extend his lead to 27 points. The world champion now leads the driver table with 93 points ahead of Rosberg (66), who pushed past Vettel (65). Raikkonen (42) also made a leap forward past Massa (31) in 4th place. The fifth race of the season will only take place in 3 weeks. With the GP Spainthe European season begins in Barcelona.

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