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Ferrari fined 50000 euros after mechanic suffers leg break

Ferrari fined 50000 euros after mechanic suffers leg break

Sebastian Vettel says he had "nothing under control" in his Bahrain GP victory and feared Mercedes had achieved "checkmate" when they committed to a one-stop strategy.

Ricciardo, who had qualified fifth but started fourth after Hamilton dropped five places on the grid, had been the man leading Red Bull's charge. McLaren's Fernando Alsonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished 7th and 8th respectively.

He kept cutting the deficit, getting to within a second - and therefore DRS overtaking range - with two laps to go to set up a dramatic finish.

A disastrous pit stop for team mate Kimi Raikkonen left a Ferrari mechanic injured on the ground and forced the Finn's retirement. While Carlos Sainz Junior, who is on loan from Red Bull Racing to Renault and finished 11th, may seem next in line for a long overdue promotion, it might not be unlike Red Bull Racing to promote Gasly out of turn, should his form continue through the season.

Red Bull's race went from bad to worse just moments later when Daniel Ricciardo was forced to park his auto up at the side of the track due to an issue.

The pit window came into play by lap 16 and Gasly managed to hold on to his P5 ahead of Magnussen, Hulkenberg and Alonso. Vettel stopped for the soft rubber on lap 19 with Raikkonen in a lap later for the same tyres. Bottas was able to slowly whittle away the gap to Vettel, while Hamilton also made inroads that meant if the leader were to pit, he would be sitting ahead on-track. He re-emerged in P3 place with Hamilton inheriting the lead from his teammate. Alonso started in 13th place but quickly gained a few positions during the opening laps.

Asked whether his win was down to Mercedes' level dropping off or Ferrari's rising, Vettel told Autosport: "It's a hard one".

In one thrilling maneuver during the race Hamilton overtook three drivers in one go. Magnussen voiced his disapproval over the airwaves.

Cigarini suffered a broken tibia and fibula in his left leg in a botched second pit-stop in Sunday's race.

Raikkonen was given the green light to exit the box, but the back left tyre had not been removed.

THE FERRARI mechanic sent spiralling into the air by Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari during the Bahrain Grand Prix has given the "thumbs up" from his hospital bed.

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Vettel's win pushed him up to 50 points in the drivers' standings, 17 ahead of Hamilton, with Bottas third on 22 points.

Bottas first angled for a pass for the lead at Turn 1 on the final lap, only for Vettel to cut him off and just retain his advantage.

Vettel raced to the victory by an eventual 0.699 seconds ahead of Bottas.

Hamilton drew solace from converting a ninth-placed start - following a grid penalty - into a podium finish but could not disguise his concern at slipping further behind Vettel.

Honda enjoyed its best result since returning to the championship after rookie Pierre Gasly took fourth in just his seventh grand prix, and Marcus Ericsson claimed his first points finish since 2015.

Esteban Ocon opened Force India's account for 2018 with a hard-fought world championship point in 10th.

Drivers must use gearboxes for six consecutive races before being allowed a new one.

"I go when the light is green and I don't see what happens behind", said Raikkonen, who stopped his auto in the pitlane straight after the incident and retired from the race.

"That was a lie".

"I tried to keep it as clean as possible".

"I was making the maths inside the auto and with 10 laps to go, that pace, he's going to catch me".


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