2013 Bahrain Grand Prix : Vettel Victorious
Vettel wins entertaining 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel led home an all Renault powered podium at the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix to secure his 28th career victory. The German World Champion finished 9.1sec ahead of second place man Kimi Raikkonen, who now lies 10 points behind Vettel in the championship.
Vettel, who started second on the grid was virtually unchallenged for the win as he and the Red Bull team clearly had the most suited package for the desert race track of Sakhir. The 2013 Baharain Grand Prix provided entertainment throughout, in particular a hardly fought battle between Vettel, Alonso and Rosberg in the opening few laps.
Alonso was written out of contention before his first scheduled pitstop due to a technical failure with his rear wing, forcing his DRS system to remain open, causing a huge drop in downforce. The Spaniard dropped to the back of the field after 2 unscheduled pitstops to try and fix the failure, he was able to finish the race in a respectable 8th place despite lacking the use of DRS.
Paul di Resta drove a strong race for Force India, the Silverstone based team will be disappointed not to have finished on the podium however the Scotsman should take great pride in his drive.
Here’s our team by team review:
Red Bull Racing
Sebastian Vettel – finished: 1st
Very hard to find fault with the German’s race. Starting from second place he battled with Alonso and Rosberg in the early laps, taking decisive and daring decisions to protect his championship lead. Once it was clear Rosbergs tyres would not hold on and degraded there was only going to be one winner of this Grand Prix.
Mark Webber – finished: 7th
Mark still seems angered by his younger team mate’s decision to overtake him in the closing stages in Malaysia. All race weekend in Bahrain he was in the shadow of Vettel and to finish 7th in the same car that his team mate dominated the race in leaves little to say.
Fernando Alonso – finished: 8th
Alonso will leave Bahrain very disappointed. Two out of four race weekends have been disrupted without his fault, this weekend the car let him down when his DRS failed in the early stages. Two early pitstops forced him to the rear of the field however with true grit and determination (and the lack of the DRS overtaking assist) he was able to battle back to 8th. Impressive display of driver skill.
Felipe Massa – finished: 15th
A disastrous race for Ferrari with both drivers having to make unexpected pitstops. Massa was forced to pit twice due to two punctures on the right rear Pirelli tyre. It’s not clear weather this was incredibly bad luck or if it is related to his broken front wing which was damaged in an early battle.
Jenson Button – finished: 10th
Sergio Perez – finished: 6th
Kimi Raikkonen – finished 2nd
Romain Grosjean – finished 3rd
Nico Rosberg – finished 9th
Lewis Hamilton – finished 5th