Well, this is the fourth race of the season, and we expected four different winners here as in qualifying Vettel managed to get his first pole of the season! Of course this gave him a great chance to win the Sunday Grand Prix. Just to remind you this is the result of the qualifying session: Vettel got his first pole this season from Hamilton and Webber, which will start in 2nd and 3rd. Kimi Raikkonen meanwhile, had to start on 11th position thanks to team strategy mistake on Q2. I personally admit that the best lap from Vettel is great in the final qualifying session.
Very breathtaking action from the start as Vettel got a very good start to maintain first place. But there was also a great maneuver from both Lotus! The black cars get 3rd and 7th in just one lap after the race starts. And then the potentially strong contender of Formula 2012 began. First it was Romain Grosjean passed Hamilton on the seventh lap, then team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started 11th, moved up to third as the first round of pit stops began at lap 9th.
I personally thought that Grosjean will take strong result to finished 2nd or even challenge Vettel, but also surprised when our man Kimi closing in to Grosjean gaps about half a second per lap! Finally Kimi get his bye-bye overtaking about lap 24. Did the 2nd place enough for the Iceman?
Before the second round of pitstops, Vettel managed the more than six second gaps and after that Kimi is closing, fast. We all know that the DRS only enabled when the driver has less than one second gap, and Kimi got the chance on lap 36! He’s closing on Vettel’s tail… use DRS… attempt to pass…. And then a brilliant defensive move from Vettel! He moved to the right on a moment Kimi made a move.
Both drivers pitted on Lap 39, and thereafter Vettel able to maintain out a 2.9s lead until the finish. Grosjean held on to third to finish on the podium for the first time in his F1 career, to make it a great day for Lotus with two podiums, and Mark Webber finish fourth behind the Black Cars.
The 4th Race, And Again 4 different winners
Red Bull’s first win of the season, which made Vettel the fourth different winner in four races, puts the reigning world champion back on top of the points table with 53, jumped Hamilton in second with 49. Webber is third with 48, followed by Button and Alonso both on 43, Rosberg on 35 and Kimi on 34 😀
Red Bull also jumped ahead in the constructors’ rankings, with 101 points to McLaren’s 92, while the other big mover was Lotus who jumped up to third with 57 ahead of Ferrari on 45, Mercedes on 37 and Sauber on 31.
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