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Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix
April 7, 2014 12:46


(Source: http://www.gazeta.ru/sport)

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat competing for Toro Rosso team in Formula 1 World Championship, finished eleventh in Bahrain Grand Prix, which was held at night under floodlights. Briton Lewis Hamilton from Mercedes team won the race. Pole position winner, German Nico Rosberg from Mercedes yielded his British team-mate Lewis Hamilton just at the start.

Brazilian Felipe Massa from Williams team had the best reaction on traffic lights shut off and broke through from seventh to third place. Ferrari members started variously. While Finn Kimi Raikkonen lost four positions, rolling down to ninth place, the Spaniard Fernando Alonso won back two positions and continued the race seventh. Kvyat, who started 12th, yielded Australian Daniel Riccyardo from Red Bull. But the Russian's Toro Rosso teammate Jean-Eric Vergne was less lucky: a tire puncture made Frenchman to roll away at the peloton end.

The couple of Mercedes cars began methodically throwing the pursuers off, keeping nearly 2-second gap between each other. On 18th lap Rosberg attacked Hamilton, but the Briton was able to hold the first position. On the next lap the German challenged his partner again and shoot ahead a few turns, but then Hamilton counterattacked and regained the first place. Immediately thereafter, the 2008 World Champion stopped in the pits, but his partner did it two laps later.

At the same time, both riders have chosen different tires types for the second run of the race: Hamilton changed his tires for "softs" and Rosberg for "mediums". Because of this, the gap between two Mercedes cars increased to six seconds. Behind the leading duo there broke out a fierce struggle between Williams and Force India drivers. Valtteri Bottas, who drove third, for a long time kept restraining Massa, Mexican Sergio Perez and German Nico Hulkenberg and then went into the pits for tire change. But Massa couldn't keep the third position anymore and was left behind by both Force India racers.

After the second pit stop Kvyat drove at 14th place. The battles were going almost on every stage of the track. Overtakes took place nearly every lap. One of such overtakes ended up with an accident: Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado from Lotus collided with the Mexican Esteban Gutierrez from Sauber, whose car flipped over in the air. A safety car came on the track to clear the asphalt from debris.

Immediately after that, McLaren's Kevin Magnussen from Danemark got technical problems with his car, causing "royal races" debutant to fail finishing the race. As a result, Kviat managed to reach the 12th position. In the pace-car regime all racers made their last pit stops, and Hamilton completed the final 10 laps of the run on a hard tire set, but Rosberg used the softer ones, which gave the German a chance for the victory. The team asked them both via radio just to drive cars to the finish. But Rosberg did not even think to give up. On restart he attempted to overtake his partner several times, but the Briton fought back and retained his position.

Before 5 laps to go, the German tried to chase Hamilton once again, but British defended himself in a splendid manner and eventually won the second consecutive victory. Rosberg finished second. Perez took the final podium position. After technical fizzle out of Briton Jenson Button (McLaren) Kvyat finished 11th, interrupting the series of two-point finishes.

The next phase will take place in China from 18 to 20 April.




Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Daniil Kvyat Lewis Hamilton  

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