Sebastian Vettel finally broke his duck for this season by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix 2012. This was his and team Red Bull’s first win of the season, and hence kickstarting the season for the defending driver’s and constructor’s championship.
The win came ahead of a pole for Vettel and he led the race from start to finish, although he was challenged rather surprisingly by a brilliant performance by the Lotus’, Kimi Raikkonen, who came in a strong 2nd place, although he started from 11th on the grid. A great start pushed Kimi near the front of the pack and a strong performance by the team catapulted him into 2nd and his teammate Romain Grosjean into the final podium position marking a truly remarkable performance.
It was even more stellar because the pace shown by the Lotus cars could have actually led Kimi to a win had it not been for some dogged driving and great pit work by the Red bull team. The McLaren’s , thought to be the greatest competition for the Bulls were far from their best, again continuing the tradition of shooting themselves in the foot with poor pitstops for Lewis Hamilton who started 2nd but ended up finishing in 8th after 2 botched stops which cost him at least 20 seconds, Jenson Button had a slow getaway when he started in 4th but ultimately had to retire on the last lap when he was chasing Paul Di Resta for the 5th place.
4th Place went to Red Bull Driver Mark Webber, who never showed the same pace that was shown by his teammate and the pair of Lotus cars, Nico Rosberg of Mercedes started off badly but ended in a decent 5th position, another talking point of the race was the fact that Paul Di Resta the Force India driver ended in 6th with a two stop strategy working well to overcome the other teams who had opted with a 3 stop strategy he finished ahead of the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso. Massa, the other Ferrari driver came in 9th with Michael Schumacher getting the final point coming in 10th.
Ther other force India of Niko Hulkenberg came in 12th with the Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan finishing in 21st place , 2 laps behind in his HRT.
The talking point of the race has to be the performance of the Lotus cars, the Mclarens and the Mercedes cars were not able to battle or even pass the two Lotus cars. Although Sebastian Vettel had a relatively easy race.