Daniel Ricciardo irritated by Lewis Hamilton's blocking tactic in Bahrain

Carla Harmon
April 18, 2017

"We would have probably taken a different decision if Valtteri had run in the front with the problem on the tyres and Lewis would have been second".

Alonso could be heard on the team radio complaining about the complete lack of power his vehicle had and eventually retired at the death of the race.

With clean air ahead of him, Vettel built up what proved to be an unassailable lead and the win puts clear daylight between himself and Hamilton in the title fight - 68 points plays 61 after three rounds.

Felipe Massa finished sixth for Williams, a well-received Easter Sunday birthday gift for team boss Sir Frank Williams who is 75, with Sergio Perez taking seventh for Force India. The last time a single Ferrari driver won two of the opening three races was Michael Schumacher in 2004.

The third spot on the podium was occupied by the second Mercedes driver - Valtteri Bottas.

Soon after Vettel reentered the track a full course yellow came out for a collision between Williams' Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz. Sainz was emerging from a pit stop and his Toro Rosso auto hit Stroll's Williams vehicle from the side on Lap 13, forcing both out of the race.

Turns one and four, in particular, were popular corners in which to gain an advantage, with Vettel doing this on the very first lap to get beyond Hamilton.

"Lewis seemed to have more pace, the gap between Seb and me was getting bigger, Lewis was putting pressure on me, so that made sense". So far in the first race it's been shown as not the greatest for us just yet, so we're just learning on the tyres.

Hamilton, who had started the floodlit race level on points with the German, took second place for Mercedes after staging a late chase following the five-second penalty for driving deliberately slowly into the pits. "Ferrari had the right pit stops at the right time, did everything right and deserved to win".

"The pit lane was really my fault so apologies to my team", Hamilton said.

"I believe before pit entry that was fine, but here, where he's not going quick, I believe that's why he got the penalty". Bottas came in first, which pushed back Hamilton's stop.

- Vettel equals Fernando Alonso as the driver with the most wins in Bahrain (3). Bottas had 28.368 (6.2) seconds in the pit-lane while Hamilton had a 30.687 (6.4) seconds pit lane.

When the racing began again on the seventeenth lap, Vettel was at the head of the order, followed closely by Bottas.

Bottas, who joined Mercedes in January as replacement for now-retired world champion Nico Rosberg, is 23 adrift of his teammate.

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