Dark doings in the Desert ai Bahrain.

Dark doings in the Desert ai Bahrain.

Postby meteorite » Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:15 am

His Majesty the King of Bahrain had many reasons to smile as he chatted his way around the formation grid for this year' version of his own race. The grandstands were full and noisy. Qualifying misfortunes had dropped some top contenders down the grid, promising some thrilling running as they forced their way forward through the pack. The McLaren team, in which he has a major financial interest, shows promise of coming out of its doldrums of the last few years. There was the usual sensational rookie for spice, - and week before last his kingdom, already per capita one of the wealthiest on earth, announced the discovery of yet another oil lake under its tiny territory that more than doubled its already massive share of the world's available reserves. Life is good.

So as usual when the start lights went out, all hell broke loose. Vettel, risking no incidents, guarded his polesitter's lead into the first turn and away. Raikkonen, from the other side of the front row, knows the price of colliding with one's teammate which let third-place Bottas muscle his Mercedes in between into second. Behind Hamilton, dropped to ninth by a grid penalty, and Verrstappen seething at himself for a qualifying faux pas that had left him in fifteenth weaved through making up ground, no mean feat given the the Red Bulls, Hesses, McLarens, Force Indias and Renaults in the way with their own aggressive agendas.

Next time by Verstappen tried a kid's approach to a solid veteran, trying to force Hamilton aside off the road to get by. He should know better. They touched, Verstappen drove over Lewis' front wing and flattened his tire. He did limp round to the pits
and tried to rejoin but abandoned with suspension damege a few hundred meters down the course. Daniel Ricciardo coasted to a stop with his engine making terminal noise a short way further on.

The race then ran into its tire was strategy contests, with Ferrari and Mercedes at times taking the lead until once again a wheel nut changed everything. On Kimi's second stop Ferrari did their usual two-second drill, turnimg on the greeen light on signal from the team leader. But th left ear changer had.t even got the wheel nut off as Kimi blasted away as required - over he rear tire changer breaking his shin and leg bone, and by the time the confusion was sorted out, leaving Kimi so far back he retired. The race then ended with Bottas on fresher, better tires frantically seeking a way by Vettel, who was virtually running on the cords, with Hamilton frustrated by az pit radio that turned sulky asking his pit for instructions they could not hear yo respond. Reacting to pit boards Hamiton did close but not hard enough, and Bottas crossed the finish line half a second behind the Ferrari. Behind, well back but in fourth place, rookie Pierre Gasly gave Toro Rosso their best finis in ten years, while the regulars sorted hemselves out behind.


Pos No Driver Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 5 Vettel 57 1:32:01.940 25
2 77 Bottas 57 +0.699s 18
3 44 Hamilton 57 +6.512s 15
4 10 Gasly 57 +62.234s 12
5 20 Magnussen 57 +75.046s 10
6 27 Hulkenberg 57 +99.024s 8
7 14 Alonso 56 +1 lap 6
8 2 Vandoorne 56 +1 lap 4
9 9 Ericsson 56 +1 lap 2
10 31 Ocon 56 +1 lap 1
11 55 Sainz 56 +1 lap 0
12 16 Leclerc 56 +1 lap 0
13 8 Grosjean 56 +1 lap 0
14 18 Stroll 56 +1 lap 0
15 35 Sirotkin 56 +1 lap 0
16 11 Perez 56 +1 lap 0
17 28 Hartley 56 +1 lap 0
NC 7 Räikkönen 35 DNF 0
NC 33 Verstappen 3 DNF 0
NC 3 Ricciardo 1 DNF 0
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