2012 BAHRAIN GP: FINGER BOY SCORED HIS FIRST SEASON WIN!!!

Finger boy did it again !!!
Sebastian Vettel won his first race of the 2012 season after holding off Kimi Raikkonen in an enthralling battle for victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Raikkonen came from 11th on the grid, and in the third stint was right on the gearbox of Vettel, but had to settle for second place ahead of his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean at the chequered flag.

The Finn may have stood a better chance if he had passed team-mate Grosjean more quickly at the end of the second stint, but team principal Eric Boullier stuck by his decision to let his drivers race.

Mark Webber took fourth in the second Red Bull, and Nico Rosberg completed the top five after an eventful race for Mercedes. Paul di Resta made use of a two-stop strategy to take a very well-deserved sixth place ahead of Fernando Alonso in seventh. Alonso had got up to fifth with an assertive start, but did not have the pace to stay there.

Two appalling pit stops meant Lewis Hamilton dropped from second at the start to eighth at the finish as McLaren had a torrid race in which Jenson Button eventually retired with a sick-sounding car and a differential problem.

Massa was respectably close to his team-mate's pace on the way to ninth, while Michael Schumacher was able to come through from 22nd on the grid to 10th in the second Mercedes.
The Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain.
57 laps, 308.405km, Weather: Dry.

Classified:
Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Sebastian Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           1h35:10.990
 2.  Kimi Raikkonen          Lotus-Renault              +     3.300
 3.  Romain Grosjean         Lotus-Renault              +    10.100
 4.  Mark Webber             Red Bull-Renault           +    38.700
 5.  Nico Rosberg            Mercedes AMG               +    55.400
 6.  Paul Di Resta           Force India-Mercedes       +    57.500
 7.  Fernando Alonso         Ferrari                    +    57.800
 8.  Lewis Hamilton          McLaren-Mercedes           +    58.900
 9.  Felipe Massa            Ferrari                    +  1:04.900
10.  Michael Schumacher      Mercedes AMG               +  1:11.400
11.  Sergio Perez            Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:12.700
12.  Nico Hulkenberg         Force India-Mercedes       +  1:16.500
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +  1:30.300
14.  Kamui Kobayashi         Sauber-Ferrari             +  1:33.700
15.  Daniel Ricciardo        Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +     1 lap
16.  Vitaly Petrov           Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
17.  Heikki Kovalainen       Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
18.  Jenson Button           McLaren-Mercedes           +     1 lap
19.  Timo Glock              Marussia-Cosworth          +    2 laps
20.  Pedro De la Rosa        HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
21.  Narain Karthikeyan      HRT-Cosworth               +    2 laps
22.  Bruno Senna             Williams-Renault           +    3 laps

Fastest lap: Sebastian Vettel, 1:36.379

Not classified/retirements:
Driver               Team              On lap
P.Maldonado     Williams-Renault         26
C.Pic           Marussia-Cosworth        25


After 4 races:                
Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  S.Vettel        53        1.  Red Bull-Renault          101
 2.  L.Hamilton      49        2.  McLaren-Mercedes           92
 3.  M.Webber        48        3.  Lotus-Renault              57
 4.  J.Button        43        4.  Ferrari                    45
 5.  F.Alonso        43        5.  Mercedes                   37
 6.  N.Rosberg       35        6.  Sauber-Ferrari             31
 7.  K.Raikkonen     34        7.  Williams-Renault           18
 8.  R.Grosjean      23        8.  Force India-Mercedes       17
 9.  S.Perez         22        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari          6
10.  P.Di Resta      15       
11.  B.Senna         14       
12.  K.Kobayashi      9       
13.  J.Vergne         4       
14.  P.Maldonado      4       
15.  N.Hulkenberg     2       
16.  M.Schumacher     2       
17.  F.Massa          2       
18.  D.Ricciardo      2