Vettel takes Bahrain Grand Prix as Raikkonen runs over mechanic

The mechanic who was fitting the Finn's rear tyre was taken to hospital after the horrific event

Sebastian Vettel held off a late charge from Valtteri Bottas to win a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix as both Red Bulls failed to finish.

The energy drink company's other team Toro Rosso celebrated a remarkable day, however, with fourth place for French driver Pierre Gasly.

It was Vettel's 49th career victory on the occasion of his 200th race start and importantly, with his second win of the season, he extended his world championship lead over Hamilton to 17 points. Vettel had to make the compound last 39 laps in order to win the race.

Vettel whooped with joy as he crossed the finish line, although his team's celebrations were more low-key than usual following the mechanic's hospitalization.

The horrible moment when the leg buckles due to the impact
The horrible moment when the leg buckles due to the impact

What that would do though, is force Vettel to stay out until the end on a set of Soft tyres which really shouldn't have been able to cope.

"I came on the radio to say everything was under control, but that was a lie!"

"With Bottas' pace I thought he would catch me.

We had a hydraulic leak in (the last) Melbourne race and were fortunate to finish the race", a Mercedes spokesman said. I tried to keep it as clean as possible.

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Lewis Hamilton rose from a penalised ninth on the grid to take third, aided by Raikkonen's exit, with the bulk of his gains coming during the early stages of the race.

"We have enough clever people to know that we're not quick enough yet", he said. "The goal is damage limitation". "I started ninth so third isn't bad at all".

The mechanic was taken away on a stretcher and is being examined at the time of writing.

The main surprise of the first segment of qualifying was the failure of max Verstappen - pilot "Red bull" broke the auto at the end of the first session and couldn't get back on track.

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McLaren became the major casualty of Q2 as both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne missed out the top 10 shoot-out, and also faced the fact that they were out-qualified by both Toro Rosso cars.

The race began with temperatures falling from 29 and 35 degrees Celsius respectively for air and track.

Vettel took off cleanly to hold the lead into the first turn but Bottas did what was required and jumped Raikkonen to claim second.

With Bottas and Hamilton setting a competitive pace on the harder tyres, Vettel was forced to convert to a one-stop.

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From 15th on the grid, the Red Bull driver had reached the top ten, but his luck ended when he banged wheels with Hamilton and punctured his left rear tyre. Ricciardo coasted to a halt at Turn 8, bringing out the Virtual Safety Car, with the incident compounding a miserable few moments for Red Bull as Max Verstappen was limping to the pits with a puncture. He pulled over on the side of the track because of an electrical failure, prompting the safety auto to come out.

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