Fighting talk from Ferrari after Vettel wins Bahrain GP

Rufina Vignone
Mag 1, 2017

The Mercedes executive director, Toto Wolff, has said the team will consider team orders after defeat at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday made it clear the battle for this year's Formula One world championship will be closely contested with Ferrari. "I tried really hard to catch up but there was a long way to go", said the Briton, who thanked Bottas for his gentlemanly conduct in letting him through twice. "I did it for the team even though it didn't feel good for me personally".

Hamilton was running second between team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo on lap 13 when the safety vehicle was required for a collision between the Williams of Lance Stroll and the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz.

Hamilton's race was further compromised by a five-second penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly at the pit lane entry when he did come in, a deliberate move to create a gap with Bottas ahead in the queue.

Hamilton slowed nearly to a crawl as he entered the pits with Ricciardo behind, resulting in the penalty from the marshalls, which he took at his second pit stop, rejoining in third spot.

The three-time world champion took his penalty at his second stop with 15 laps remaining and rejoined in third, 18 seconds behind Vettel.

That year he also won two of the first three and went on to take his second title.

"I'm a team player and I wouldn't say no to that".

Hamilton had missed out on a seventh successive pole on Saturday, with Bottas beating him to it.

Vettel's 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61. "We'll take it race after race".

Bottas led away from pole position, the first of his Formula One career, but was unable to shake the attention of Sebastian Vettel and the train of cars made up of teammate Lewis Hamilton and the Red Bulls behind.

"It's the second time I've double stacked and lost out", Hamilton said. Nico Hulkenberg was ninth for Renault, while Esteban Ocon rounded out the points in P10 for the third race in a row.

For the second straight race, the Haas F1 Team secured a point-paying result as driver Romain Grosjean delivered an eighth-place finish at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The third spot on the podium was occupied by the second Mercedes driver - Valtteri Bottas. "We're three races down and we have always maintained that philosophy of [equal drivers]". As a team we didn't achieve that, Ferrari did a better job, so I'm leaving here with a bit of a odd feeling, because I don't know why the pace was so poor.

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