Motor racing-Hamilton takes no solace in second place
20 April, 2017, 00:32
Bottas now sits third in the F1 world drivers' championship but already 30 points off of leader Vettel after three races.
The idea was to let them race, and let natural justice be decided on the track at the expense of harmony away from it.
Germany's Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, that team's first points of the year, and French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point for Force India.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took a thrilling victory in the desert ahead of Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, putting himself seven points clear to lead the Formula One world championship.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel beat both Mercedes to victory in Bahrain despite Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton starting on the front row of the grid.
"After a couple of laps, I was on Valtteri's gearbox for the first stint and not falling back too much". The win also helped Scuderia Ferrari leapfrog rivals Mercedes in the constructors' championship race.
Mercedes have rules of engagement for its drivers but previously have always allowed them to race without orders.
"I genuinely thought we had a chance to win", Ricciardo said.
Hamilton was catching the German on every lap but ran out of time and finished nearly seven seconds behind. After winning the season opener in Australia, Vettel now leads Hamilton 68 to 61 in the drivers' standings.
Bottas was disappointed but said the team directives made sense.
"That said, we are well aware we have a long road ahead and know that if we want to get to the most important finish-line of all, we can not stint on our commitment and focus for a second".
"For sure, I did it because there was potential that Lewis could challenge Sebastian", said Bottas. "I kept having to be fed what times he was doing so I could try to match and he was closing the gap a little bit, but I managed to stay ahead".
Wolff said he did not like the idea of changing the rules of engagement but with early signs being that the title fight will be between Hamilton and Vettel, the team may do so.
"I would have done it before the pit lane, because I think that's A-OK".
"The pit lane (incident) was really my fault so apologies to the team for losing the time there ... but I gave it everything I could".
"In the race it's pretty evenly matched I would say".
"But that's how it is and although I didn't like it for my personal race, I am a team player and I understand", he added.
Mercedes never publicly declared either Hamilton or Rosberg as their No. 1 driver.
His lap tally was in stark contrast to Ferrari, as Vettel endured frustrations with a large amount of time lost in the pits. Sauber's Pascal Wehrlein finished up 11th, chalking up another 91 laps as his push for full fitness continued.
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