Formula 1 Bahrain GP Race Review: The Rise of the Lotus Team

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Vettel Leads the race bahrain GP 2012

C'mon and catch me! Vettel leads from the start. Picture copyright of

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.

The Race

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.

Lotus F1 Kimi Raikkonen drive in Bahrain GP

Its very damn hot in here.. anyone's up for a shower?

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.

Sebastian Vettel leads from Kimi Raikkonen Bahrain GP 2012

"Hey Sebastian..I will take back my crown!"

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.

vettel kimi raikkonen bahrain GP 2012 podium

"Cheers Up, Iceman!"

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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15 Responses to “Formula 1 Bahrain GP Race Review: The Rise of the Lotus Team”

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  4. Edneia

    I think there are 4 drivers that truly drseeve the title of “greatest F1 driver ever”.Juan-Manuel Fangio, because he created a record that was impossible to beat for 45 years in cars that could kill you at any minute. Yet he died 35 years after retiring from F1, in 1995. Jackie Stewart, probably the last of the “gentleman” racers in F1.And finally, Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost. Simply because of their rivalry, the greatest rivalry of all time in Formula 1. They were pure enemies since the first day they became teammates at McLaren, and that was proved by their hugely known moves at Suzuka in 1989 and 1990. But they knew how to pull off maneuvers like that in style. Unlike, let’s say, Cheaty Schumacher.BTW, Senna and Prost’s rivalry ended in Australia 1993, when the two fought their last battle. On the podium at Adelaide, they shook hands and made peace.After Senna’s death, Prost vowed never to climb into a Formula 1 car again.

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    • Thato

      In qualifying DRS can be used anhwyere, in the race only in defined places and only when close to another car. The choice of 7th gear is important is it optimised for qualifying or the race?As shown in Spa, Red Bull are running extreme negative camber on the front wheels, this together with lower tyre pressures in qualifying has helped give them a one lap advantage, which is lost as soon as the higher race day pressures are run (needed to make the tyres last).Also, Red Bull still have a compromised KERS, so maybe they are only using it for Q3 (when Vettel pulls out an previously unseen advantage) and for short periods of the race (opening two laps, and around pitstops). +2Was this answer helpful?

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    • Amalia

      I would not agree with the statement that the car is more impaotrnt in qualifying. Qualifying simply demands that you are able to push the car to its very limit in one single lap, to be 100% focussed for the one to two minutes this lap lasts.In a race, even if you were able to focus like that for an entire race (which is probably not possible for any human being anyways) it would not be wise to push like that for the whole time because the risk that the car would break down would be increased, the tires would degrade too quickly, so in the race it’s impaotrnt to find the right balance between demanding too much of the car and driving too slowly and to drive consistently at this exact optimum. So the skills necessary in qualifying and racing are a little bit different, I would say.Personally, I believe that Vettel is simply the best when it comes to qualifying (with Lewis also being very good in this discipline), but that during a race, he is roughly in the same league with Alonso, Hamilton, and Button (who is not a great qualifier). Under the current tire regime, I would perhaps place Lewis a little bit behind ALO and BUT. But since they do not drive in the same car, it’s impossible to state who is the best driver overall.Or, to give an historical example, Senna was clearly better in qualifying than Prost, but in the races, (as long as it was dry) they were pretty much on even terms. +1Was this answer helpful?

    • Jack

      ive only ever seen F1 on tv , id love to go see it in real life. On the tv they dont sound this loud obv you wouldnt want it this loud on tv but i would just like to know how loud are they in real life when you are rellay there ?

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    • Mariana

      There are so many to chose from but my top four are Michael Schumacher, Nigel Mansel,Alain Prost but in my opinion Aryton Senna by far. I was wcahting the race when he was so sadly lost to the sport and never forget the out pouring of emotion cause the sport truly lost a real champion on that day

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    • Happy

      Undoubtedly Senna has been the best, unfortunately He died on 1st. of may 1994 at age of 33. In his own times there were great drvreis who he had to compete with as Prost and Mansell. I don’t mean Schumacher isn’t a great champ but if Ayrton were still alive, the history would be another.

    • Jiho

      Todaveda no han confirmado nada segfan dicen los meodis de Finlandia lo haredan en Abu Dhabi ahora se sumaron mas equipos con butacas vacantes se dice que Rosberg va a correr en Ferrari en el 2012 y que Kubica teneda que hacer una prueba en un simulador pero no asistif3 ,me parece que cuanto mas dilaten la confirmacif3n se van a ir sumando probabilidades .Go Kimi adonde estes pero como Dijo Vivamansell nadie desmiente nada asi que cuando el rio suena agua trae. Saludos a todos desde Argentina


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