Caterham Wins Thrilling Showdown in Desert


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:22.951
22Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:23.133
31Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:23.220
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:23.339
562Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:23.493
663Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:23.541
734Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:24.049
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:24.276
928Daniel MelroseFerrari1:24.444
1027Dave CassidyFerrari1:24.468
1121Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:24.866
1224Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:24.871
1322Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:24.906
1431Romain GrosjeanHolden1:24.920
1523Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:25.159
1632Alexander AlbonHolden1:25.359
1790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:25.457
1891Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:25.465
196Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:25.894
205Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:25.924
2155Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:25.971
2266Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:26.041
23118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:26.042
24119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:26.250
2556Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:26.353
2667Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:26.444



Pastor Maldonado had some dire interactions with Caterham's drivers today.


It seems just like yesterday that Formula One graciously welcomed the Bahrain Grand Prix into its folds. It seems like the first Bahrain Grand Prix, won by <missing data>, has only been yesterday. However, teenagers alive today have not known a Formula One without this thrilling Grand Prix in the desert.

With all the great races that have happened in Bahrain so far, this could very well have been the most exciting one. We saw Pastor Maldonado and Sebastian Vettel clash, these two elite drivers battling for the victory in the seventh race of the season, after Pastor Maldonado collided with Hamilton earlier in the race.

It was Marvin Kirchhöfer, who almost caused Sauber to ruin Caterham’s day completely. He was in the way, although Sebastian Vettel accepted that he tried to lap the German too early. Maldonado tried to take advantage, but Kirchhöfer got in the way whilst trying to keep out of it, allowing Vettel to win the race by less than a second.

Behind the thrilling fight for the victory, Dean Stoneman completed an amazing comeback after being turned around on the very first lap, keeping the championship lead intact. Calinetic also had a very decent race, although it went unrewarded as far as scoring points is concerned. FAST scored a double points finish as well, as all teams look forward to Sunday.


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd44:14.30615
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+0.75812
362Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+9.95410
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+35.4268
534Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+37.0656
621Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+58.2045
722Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+60.1194
863Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+60.4993
924Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+63.9882
1023Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+67.6811
1191Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden+82.3190
1232Alexander AlbonHolden+84.8890
135Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1427Dave CassidyFerrari1 Lap0
1566Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
166Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1755Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
19119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
20118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
2156Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
2290Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-HoldenSuspension0
DNF33Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-JuddOil Leak0
DNF28Daniel MelroseFerrariSuspension0
DNF2Lewis HamiltonCaterham-JuddCollision0
DNF31Romain GrosjeanHoldenCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Pastor Maldonado – 1:24.289

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Calinetic-Holden – their best effort of the year so far, they can be proud even without points.

Reject Of The Race:

Alexander Albon – causing a massive accident at the start is one thing; doing so whilst taking out your teammate is another.