Formula One: Ferrari mechanic injured in Bahrain GP pitstop

Randolph Lopez
April 10, 2018

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second after the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, which started second, failed to finish. P4 was also the best result for a Honda-powered auto since the 2008 British Grand Prix when Rubens Barrichellofinished third.

Contact between Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley at Turn 4 saw both drivers' races ruined as Perez was forced to pit on the first lap and Hartley was hit with a ten-second penalty for causing the collision. "So, I felt just healthier and more in control", he said. "I tried to be cautious". Bottas, on the more durable rubber was catching up to Vettel and launched an attack on the penultimate lap but in the end, despite the lack of grip, Vettel managed to take the chequered flag just 0.6 seconds ahead of Bottas.

Vettel started on the front row with Raikkonen, and Bottas started third.

Cigarini was knocked over when Raikkonen was released before his rear-left tire had been fitted at the Sakhir circuit.

They were fined 5,000 euros after Raikkonen was sent out of the pits with a loose wheel in Friday practice.

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Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel won for the second time in as many races Sunday but the Italian team's victory was overshadowed after one of its mechanics suffered a broken leg when he was hit by Kimi Raikkonen's auto during a pit stop at the Bahrain Grand Prix. "I started ninth so third is not that bad..." While the three tyres were swapped, the left-rear wheel was yet to be removed.

"I think this weekend has really opened up our eyes in terms of how much we still have to work with the vehicle", he said. "When they told me the pace of Valtteri at that time I was thinking there was no way to do that. He drove into my left rear and gave me a puncture and also destroyed the diff".

Behind him and Gasly, Magnussen took fifth ahead of Hulkenberg and Alonso, who spared McLaren's blushes with a superb drive after a awful performance in qualifying, trounced by the Toro Rosso using the Honda engine McLaren rejected as not good enough a year ago. It was the German driver who first pitted for a fresh set of Soft tyres.

Haas' Danish driver Kevin Magnussen was fifth, ahead of Germany's Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), while Fernando Alonso (McLaren) ended up seventh. Marcus Ericsson took ninth place for Sauber, while Esteban Ocon took tenth place for Force India.

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