Vettel holds off Raikkonen for Sakhir win
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel leapt back into the limelight – and the lead of the world championship – with victory in Sunday’s 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The world champion took the lead from the start and immediately out-paced McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and team mate Mark Webber. But it did not take long for the strength of the Lotus team threat to make itself felt.
First it was Romain Grosjean who came thrusting up to pass Hamilton’s McLaren on the seventh lap. Then team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started 11th, moved up to third as the first round of pit stops began two laps later.
Paul di Resta, who opted for a two-stop strategy in contrast to the three run by the other frontrunners, led a Grand Prix for the first time for Force India on the 12th lap after Vettel had pitted on the 11th, but thereafter the German was headed only briefly by Grosjean on the 40th lap during the third and final pit calls. But it was by no means an easy ride for the Red Bull driver. Read More