Ferrari Mechanic Posts Photo At Hospital After Sickening Kimi Raikkonen Accident

Ferrari Mechanic Posts Photo At Hospital After Sickening Kimi Raikkonen Accident

Ferrari Mechanic Posts Photo At Hospital After Sickening Kimi Raikkonen Accident

Unfortunately for Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen dropped from second place into third, with Bottas managing to get the jump on him.

Ferrari's German ace, who is vying with Lewis Hamilton to become the first to five world titles, is 17 points ahead of Mercedes' Briton, who came third behind teammate Vallteri Bottas in Bahrein.

The race also saw three cars retiring including both Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. The duo didn't have much space to work with because of Fernando Alonso's McLaren on the racing line, with Verstappen looking to squeeze the Brit wide, only to end up running over the Mercedes' front wing. It meant retirement for Raikkonen. However on lap 2 his Red Bull suddenly turned itself off with an electrical failure. The Dutch driver had done brilliantly to jump from 15th on the grid, and fought with Hamilton on the inside heading into turn one.

Vettel pitted after 19 laps, passing the lead to Bottas, and rejoining fourth.

Danish driver Kevin Magnussen was fifth in the Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg for Renault.

But it was not all good news for Ferrari as Vettel's team-mate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish after colliding with a mechanic at a pit stop. Not only did Ferrari release the Iceman early (they would later be fined 50,000 Euro for an unsafe release), Raikkonen also ran over the leg of mechanic Francesco Cigorini, who would end up in the hospital with a broken tibia and fibula.

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The mechanic was knocked down and taken to the medical centre to be assessed in an incident which was not out of place during a chaotic race under the floodlights of the Sakhir circuit.

Asked whether his win was down to Mercedes' level dropping off or Ferrari's rising, Vettel told Autosport: "It's a hard one".

"The trouble is that two-second pit-stops are just the kind of "wow" that makes F1 compelling".

Vettel followed up his win at the season-opening Australian GP two weeks ago by staging a nerve-wracking rearguard. Vettel was visibly slower, and Bottas got within DRS range but he ran out of laps before he could capitalise on the situation. In fact, his race craft and defence from a charging Bottas was a good reminder of why Ferrari and the Paddock hold him in high regard. Marcus Ericsson took ninth place for Sauber, while Esteban Ocon took tenth place for Force India.

Pole-sitter Vettel was the fastest out of the blocks to retain his lead but Bottas got the jump on Raikkonen to split the Ferraris.

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