F1 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix: Could 2nd or 3rd have won?

Max Verstappen's damaged Red Bull following a puncture

Sebastian Vettel's victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix was overshadowed following a horrific double leg break suffered by a member of his Ferrari team.

Lewis Hamilton finished third and Mercedes team-mate second in the action-packed grand prix yesterday. Vettel added first place in Sakhir to the top spot from two weeks ago in Australia as a risky tire strategy paid off to beat the Mercedes duo of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

It seems as though he's in good spirits after posting a picture to Instagram saying: "Surgery ok".

"We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop", said team boss Maurizio Arrivabene.

He had earlier told his team that everything was under control but that, he recognised later with a smile, was not the reality.

"I can't speak for them but I think it's always a combination of things".

"Only a big thank you".

Vettel made a clean start and Bottas swept past Raikkonen to split the Ferraris on the opening lap.

Kimi Raikkonen was making his second stop of the race when there was a problem at the left rear of the auto.




Ferrari was also fined 5,000 euros for the same error during practice on Friday.

Ferrari mechanic Francesco Cigarini has undergone a successful operation on his leg which was broken when Kimi Raikkonen ran over him in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton could take some consolation in equalling Raikkonen's all-time record of 27 successive points finishes.

Red Bull had an very bad race, with Ricciardo and Verstappen retiring within six laps.

However, engineers had not finished changing the rear left tyre of his vehicle.

"I think this weekend has really opened up our eyes in terms of how much we still have to work with the auto", he said.

They chose to stay out, going for track position rather than risk any aggression, and it paid off thanks to Vettel's ability to manage the tyres while also keeping a strong pace.

"I had struggled a bit with the rears in the first stint".

That represented a best result of the V6 turbo hybrid era for Honda, Toro Rosso's engine partners after three nightmare years at McLaren. Hass Ferrari's Kevin Magnussen came in fifth, followed by Niko Hulkenberg for Renault in sixth. "These tyres were done - they were done for the last 10 laps".

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