GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Page 16

FERRARI IS BACK IN BUSINESS Bottas kept the lead for the opening laps, with Vettel close behind in a five-car train. The safety car appeared on track after 18-year-old Canadian newcomer Lance Stroll, suffering his third retirement in three races, turned into Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz as the Spaniard left the pits. “I got hit from the side,” the Williams rookie exclaimed. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen had already crashed out by then, blaming brake failure after he trekked across the gravel into the tyre barrier on lap 12. “It was a great team effort and I felt like we are quick. I tried to put Valtteri under pressure. But the early pit stop worked,” said Vettel. “Lewis obviously was a very big threat again towards the end... but the car was a dream.” Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth with Ricciardo fifth for Red Bull and Brazilian Felipe Massa sixth for Williams on the 75th birthday of team founder Frank Williams. Sergio Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish, with Romain Grosjean eighth for Haas. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, that team’s first points of the year, and rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point for Force India. McLaren’s nightmare continued with Stoffel Vandoorne failing to start and Fernando Alonso retiring on the final laps but classified 14th. “I never raced with less power in my life,” the Spaniard told his team.