Sergo Perez scores amazing podium finish for Force India
By: Chris Lines, The Associated Press on April 6, 2014
Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after an extreme race-prolonged duel to take victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
The 2 Mercedes drivers have been predictably in a diverse league to their rivals and recorded their second a single-2 finish in 8 days soon after victory last weekend in Malaysia.
With no crew orders, the 2 were permitted to race for the lead and whilst Rosberg received his nose ahead occasionally, he completed 1 2nd behind the Briton.
“It was really, quite honest and it was really tough to maintain him behind,” Hamilton mentioned. “He was really quickly on the option tires and I was on the knife-edge the total time.”
Force India’;s Sergio Perez was third and his teammate Nico Hulkenberg fifth, separated by Red Bull’;s Daniel Ricciardo.
Red Bull’;s Sebastian Vettel completed sixth, ahead of Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, with the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen filling the ultimate 2 factors positions in ninth and 10th.
The race was closely fought up and down the field during, delivering a improve for the sport right after a tepid opening 2 races of the season, and the need to have for the safety vehicle late on set up an 11-lap shootout.
Hamilton was ahead but on the harder of the 2 tires whilst Rosberg was on the softer rubber. The drivers have been cautioned by the garage to guarantee they each created it to the finish.
Twice Rosberg was in a position to pull off passing moves at the end of the principal straight, but both occasions Hamilton was ready to get greater drive out of the ensuing corners and narrowly stayed ahead in some enthralling wheel-to-wheel racing.
Rosberg did have the comfort of staying ahead in the drivers’; championship with 61 factors compared to Hamilton’;s 50.
“I strongly dislike coming second to Lewis,” Rosberg said. “It was the most thrilling race I have completed in my career.”
The safety automobile came on soon after Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado emerged from the pits and plowed into the side of the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez at the 1st corner, flipping the Mexican’;s car in a scary accident, but Gutierrez was in a position to stroll away.
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Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix
Pos Driver Team Laps Time/Retired
one, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 57, Winner
2, Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 57, +1. secs
3, Sergio Perez, Force India-Mercedes, 57, +24. secs
4, Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing-Renault, 57, +24.4 secs
5, Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes, 57, +28.6 secs
6, Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing-Renault, 57, +29.8 secs
7, Felipe Massa, Williams-Mercedes, 57, +31.2 secs
8, Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Mercedes, 57, +31.8 secs
9, Fernando, Alonso, Ferrari, 57, +32.5 secs
10, Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari, 57, +33.4 secs
11, Daniil Kvyat, STR-Renault, 57, +41.3 secs
12, Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault, 57, +43.1 secs
13, Max Chilton, Marussia-Ferrari, 57, +59.9 secs
14, Pastor Maldonado, Lotus-Renault, 57, +62.8 secs
15, Kamui Kobayashi, Caterham-Renault, 57, +87.9 secs
16, Jules Bianchi, Marussia-Ferrari, 56, +1 Lap
17, Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes, fifty 5, +2 Laps
Ret, Kevin Magnussen, McLaren-Mercedes, forty, +17 Laps
Ret, Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber-Ferrari, 39, Accident
Ret, Marcus Ericsson, Caterham-Renault, 33, +24 Laps
Ret, Jean-Eric Vergne, STR-Renault, 18, +39 Laps
Ret, Adrian Sutil, Sauber-Ferrari, 17, +40 Laps
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