In Pictures: Bahrain 2018

Sebastian Vettel wins the Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari!

The second race of the season came down to a thrilling cat and mouse game between Ferrari and Mercedes, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel holding off the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton at the finish on a set of soft tires that had been on the car for 39 laps, while both his rivals were on fresher medium tires.

On lap 36 and something you never want to see happened: Kimi came in to change tyres and as he drove off, the mechanic on the left rear wheel was knocked over. He suffered fracture of the shin and fibula and is recuperating.

The desert saw many battles along the grid, standing out Pierre Gasly, finishing fourth in the Toro Rosso Honda, and Marcus Ericsson, ninth for Alfa Romeo Sauber.

Today’s result, with a win for Sebastian, is confirmation of the great job done by the team, of an effective car and of a driver who drove like a true champion right to the very end. It was a shame for Kimi, who would have completed a fine result for the team. We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop. The whole team hopes he recovers quickly. We are already preparing for the next race in China and as usual we will give it our all.
— Maurizio Arrivabene

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