VETTEL TRIUMPHS IN BAHRAIN GP THRILLER AT BIC
Sebastian Vettel powered Ferrari to a sensational victory in a drama-filled Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, held under the bright lights of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) on April 8, 2018.
“The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” enjoyed another spectacular year in hosting Formula 1. The Grand Prix generated record Paddock Club and Corporate Lounge sales, with the Paddock Club sales up 15% compared to the previous year.
The total attendance on Race Day remained a spectacular 33,000, same as in 2017.
But total crowed over the three-day race weekend improved to 95,000 from the 93,000 last year.
Vettel overcame a threatening challenge from Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes who tried to chase him down and steal the chequered flag late on. But Vettel was able to hold on to the slightest of advantages despite a slower car over the race’s last few laps.
The German eventually won by just 0.699 seconds. He completed the 57-lap sprint after starting from pole in a total race time of 1 hour 32 minutes 01.940 seconds, taking the chequered flag as a brilliant display of fireworks lit up the desert sky.
“I was not in control, I thought Valtteri would catch me,” Vettel said afterwards. “I nursed the tyres and it worked, but only just!”
The win was a record fourth in Sakhir in Vettel’s illustrious career, and also his 49th overall in 200 grand prix starts. The result was also his second triumph in a row to start the 2018 season after also winning the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne last month.
Vettel and Bottas were joined on the podium by reigning World champion Lewis Hamilton, who also had an exceptional drive after starting from ninth. Hamilton was classified 6.512 seconds behind first place.