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Three-times Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel took it pretty easy at the Bahrain Grand Prix, grabbing the lead early on in the race to face the chequered by a margin of 24 seconds.
With the RedBull racer out in front the whole race, this left the rest of the field battling for position, making this Grand Prix one of the best races for a long time.
Pole-sitter Nico Rosberg was struggling with the aggressive German behind him and had to surrender his first position within the third lap of the race, despite getting a great jump on Vettel at the start.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso tried his moves on Rosberg and grabbed second. Unfortunately for the Spaniard it only escalated from here – with his DRS system not working. Alonso then made two pit stops, taking him out of contention for the race win and enabling Vettel to grow his lead.
On lap 11 Vettel pitted his RedBull machine, putting Paul di Resta in first place, with di Resta juicing decent speed from his Force India. Once di Resta made his first pit stop, it was once again Kimi Raikkonen who drove on his old medium compound tyres and grabbed the race lead.
Before Raikkonen even made his first pit stop, Sebastian Vettel reclaimed his race lead.
With pit stops strategies all in action, the wheel-to-wheel racing began. With the Redbull and Mercedes teams using team orders previously this year to protect their drivers, McLaren let their drivers loose with Sergio Perez and Jenson Button battling out for position.
Unfortunately for Perez he misjudged a battle, causing damage to his McLaren’s front wing.
Australian Mark Webber was making his way through the field, having a great battle with Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton towards the final stages of the race. Webber also was involved in an incident with Nico Rosberg, with Webber proving to be at fault. No penalty was dealt to Webber.
This race saw only one non-finisher, with Jean-Eric Vergne retiring within the early stages of the race.
With all pit strategies aside, RedBull ace Sebastian Vettel took the top step of the podium once again, with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second and stand out of the race Romain Grosjean speeding his way to third place, making it a 2-3 finish for Lotus.
Sebastian Vettel has extended his world championship lead, with Raikkonen trailing by 10 points to the current world champion.