Great lead battle in the first laps
Rosberg had a good start, meanwhile Alonso was on the outside of Vettel into Turn 1 and overtoke, but Vettel got the position back at Turn 5.
Sutil collided with Massa, Massa damaged his front wing and Sutil got rear puncture and was at the end of the field.
Vettel overtoke Rosberg in Lap 2 for the lead, Alonso passed Rosberg one lap later.
Vergne had a collision with Van der Garde and lost his frontwing.
He was the only retirement of the race.
Vettel has the race under control
Alonso meanwhile had problems with his rear wing.
The flap for the DRS system jammed up and he had too pit early, it was the end of his winning hopes.
Lotus had a fantastic strategy again with Raikkönnen and Grosjean, both of them landed on P2 and P3.
Rosberg couldn’t show the pace he had in Qualifying and dropped back the order, he was even out of the Top 10.
He’s teammate however had a strong race and battled with Webber for P5 until the end of the GP and when Hamilton overtoke him at the last lap, Webber was even losing P6 against Perez, who had a aggressive style driving today.
Di Resta was for a long time on a fantastic 3rd Position, but lost it againnst Grosjean on lap 52.
Perez surprisingly aggressive drive
I think i’ve never seen Perez so aggressive in a GP like this one.
He was absolutley flying. He had some tough battling with teammate Button, what brought me at the edge of my seat.
Button was moaning several times about the driving style from Perez and said to the team that their should ”calm him down”.
But he wasn’t, Perez had also some hard battling with Alonso.
I think some people will disagree with me, but i liked the Perez from today, he wants to show more and doesn’t want a number 2 status in his team.
I don’t think that the McLaren is so bad as it looks like, i even think it’s a quite good car, just the drivers weren’t getting the full potential out of it.
It was a great race from Perez, it would be great when he keeps this form of driving, but don’t do it like Grosjean last year Checo, you can drive aggressive but also on a intelligent way.
This GP proofs. The Bahrain GP isn’t always boring
Ok the track itself is boring just like the whole atmosphere there. But this has to be the best Bahrain GP yet.
I have never saw so much excitement and overtakes there like today.
Now we have a three week break again and the Europe season start at the Spanish GP at Barcelona on the 10-12th May.
Results of the 2013 Bahrain GP:
|1||1||S. Vettel||Red Bull||57||1:36:00.498||–||192,632|
|4||14||P. di Resta||Force India||57||+0:21.727||+0:02.220||191,908|
|7||2||M. Webber||Red Bull||57||+0:37.244||+0:01.246||191,395|
|13||15||A. Sutil||Force India||57||+1:16.719||+0:03.786||190,100|
|16||19||D. Ricciardo||Toro Rosso||56||+1 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||–|
|17||20||C. Pic||Caterham||56||+1 Rnd.||–||–|
|18||12||E. Gutierrez||Sauber||56||+1 Rnd.||–||–|
|19||22||J. Bianchi||Marussia||56||+1 Rnd.||–||–|
|20||23||M. Chilton||Marussia||56||+1 Rnd.||–||–|
|21||21||G. van der Garde||Caterham||55||+2 Rnd.||+1 Rnd.||–|
Drivers world champioship after the 4th GP of the year in Bahrain:
|8.||P. di Resta||20||4||A||4||12|
|21.||G. van der Garde||0||–||–||–||–|
Constructuers table after the 4th GP of the year in Bahrain:
1.Red Bull 109
5.Force India 26
7.Toro Rosso 7