Close Fight Sees Bianchi Finish Second Behind Maldonado


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:23.154
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:23.216
31Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:23.493
462Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:23.605
563Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:23.656
630Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:23.892
734Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:24.206
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:24.314
924Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:24.373
1022Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:24.547
1127Dave CassidyFerrari1:24.832
1223Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:24.862
1328Daniel MelroseFerrari1:24.945
1431Romain GrosjeanHolden1:24.980
1521Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:25.125
1690Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:25.347
1791Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:25.630
185Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:25.768
1966Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:25.769
2032Alexander AlbonHolden1:25.462*
216Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:25.908
2255Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:25.962
23119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:26.048
2467Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:26.266
25118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:26.464
2656Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:26.594

* demoted five places


Thrilling battles at the end of the grid proves why F1 is well-placed in Bahrain.



Royality was present, the King of Bahrain watched the Formula One race and he wanted to see a good show, like all the other fans that have arrived at the Bahrain International Circuit. They were not disappointed and got a fun event.

A great start saw Sauber in a good position, Dean Stoneman leading and Pastor Maldonado in third. The Venezuelan superstar went on to pass the second-placed Precision driver before efficiently passing his teammate for the lead.

Maldonado went on to build a lead and nurture it until the checked flag fell. However, behind him, a battle for second heated up: Jules Bianchi had to fight with the two Caterhams, just like the entire 2017 season, with Bianchi coming out on top.

Behind them, Theodore unfortunately no longer seem victory contenders. They still can be happy being best-of-the-rest in their very first season. Kevin Magnussen and Dave Cassidy scored the last points available with good drives.


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd44:15.91415
262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+9.42612
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+10.06110
41Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+10.5878
563Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+16.2046
630Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+20.4215
734Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+34.6234
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+39.9933
924Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+50.6692
1027Dave CassidyFerrari+53.7131
1122Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+56.7590
1228Daniel MelroseFerrari+58.5710
1331Romain GrosjeanHolden+60.4570
1423Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+67.1500
1532Alexander AlbonHolden+76.0550
1691Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden+78.5810
175Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes+85.9610
186Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes+87.0830
1966Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari+88.558*0
2055Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
2121Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1 Lap0
2267Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
23119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
24118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
2556Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
DNF90Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-HoldenCollision0

* given five-second penalty

Fastest Lap:

Lewis Hamilton – 1:24.135

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Holden – after a grid penalty, they had a sensible race to work things out.

Reject Of The Race:

Stoffel Vandoorne – performed much, much worse than his car could.