Sebastian Vettel dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix to finish ahead of the two Lotus drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean. The triple World Champion handled events well to take his second victory this season and maintain his Championship lead, ten points clear of Räikkönen.
Vettel wins ahead of the two Lotuses
The Finn and his team mate had decided on asymmetrical strategies, the former on two stops and the latter, who started 11th on the grid with the hardest tyres, placing his hopes on three. Both worked and both drivers mounted the podium – a first this season for Grosjean, who was racing with a new chassis this weekend.
200. Sunday saw the Australian Mark Webber, who finished 7th, make his 200th Formula 1 start. He began his Grand Prix career in 2002, in a Minardi. He has achieved nine victories, thirty-five podiums and eleven pole positions.
"I'm delighted for the whole team here in Bahrain and back at Enstone; it's a well-deserved result," said Lotus Team Principal Eric Boullier.
Vettel, Räikkönen and Grosjean were the three drivers on the podium after the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix. And in the same order!
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