GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Page 94

RACE REPORT By lap 39 the gap was down to 12.1s and closing. Behind them, Bottas was now third ahead of Ricciardo who had inherited fourth when Raikkonen made his final stop for soft tyres. The Australian then made his final stop, for supersofts on lap 39 and prepared for a late-race blast from fifth place. Hamilton made his final stop on lap 41, serving his five-second penalty and taking on soft tyres. He dropped to third, 9.4 seconds behind Bottas and 19 seconds behind Vettel who was in control and heading for victory. The race looked like it might open up again in the final stages after Hamilton