Ferrari calls winning Bahrain strategy 'a little bit of madness'

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2017

April. 17 (ANI): Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, who incurred a penalty that ensured he finished second behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the Bahrain Grand Prix, has issued an apology to his Mercedes team, saying it was a complete "misjudgment" from him.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton said he felt deflated after finishing second in the Bahrain GP behind the Ferrari of eventual victor Sebastian Vettel.

Asked if he expected the rest of the season, and his battle with Sebastian Vettel, to be decided by such fine margins, Hamilton said: "Yes, ultimately that is what it's going to be this year".

"I got reasonably quickly past Massa - then I was a bit unlucky with the safety vehicle and lost a place again back and then tried to get past him again, and obviously at that point I was a bit behind", he said.

Second place-getter Hamilton was given a costly five-second penalty for slowing Red Bull driver Ricciardo, who crossed the finish line in fifth, during a pitstop.

Hamilton was made to pay after he held up the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo at the first round of pit-stops, after he was stuck behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas. To compound matters, Hamilton received a five-second penalty for his slow run in the pit lane.

He was never challenged out in front at the end but Hamilton's pace set up a grandstand finish as he dramatically cut the gap, helped by teammate Bottas moving over to concede second in the first stint, the report added.

"A really great day".

"It was completely my fault", he said.

"I don't want to even discuss it yet because it's not fair towards Valtteri".

Vettel's win lifted him top of the drivers' championship with 68 points ahead of Hamilton on 61 and Bottas on 38.

When the race began in earnest again on lap 17, Hamilton burst straight past Ricciardo into third while Vettel brilliantly defended the corner twice to fend off Bottas.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix.

"Being that it's often a warmer race, Ferrari is very good in hotter conditions". "We still come away with good points".

"Lewis was a threat in the end", said Vettel after claiming the 44th win of his career. Felipe Massa took sixth in his Williams, followed by Force India's Sergio Perez and Haas' Romain Grosjean.

Soon after Vettel reentered the track a full course yellow came out for a collision between Williams' Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.

"Three-hundred meters behind me and they overtake me on the straight", Alonso told his team over the radio midway through the race.

Stoffel Vandoorne did not even start the race due to another problem with the Honda power unit, while Alonso was not short of a complaint about his own auto.

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