Vettel Makes Error on Final Lap, Maldonado Leads Championship


11Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:14.820
263Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:14.825
32Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:14.881
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:15.014
529Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:15.158
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:15.386
733Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:15.537
827Dave CassidyFerrari1:15.581
928Daniel MelroseFerrari1:15.604
1022Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:15.686
1124Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:16.208
1232Alexander AlbonHolden1:16.457
1321J. R. HildebrandHaas-Judd1:16.516
1423Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:16.571
1531Romain GrosjeanHolden1:16.618
165Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:16.838
1790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:17.091
1891Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:17.094
19118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:17.599
2067Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:17.682
216Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:17.835
2255Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:17.835
23119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:17.936
2456Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:17.942
2566Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:18.022
2662Jules BianchiPrecision-MercedesNo Time*

* demoted to the back of the grid for causing an avoidable accident


You can understand why Vettel did not want to look at the mess he was creating on the final lap.


The second half of the Formula One season has begun in the Middle East and if this race is a preview of things to come, we are in for an amazing final to the 2019 season with lots of close racing for the titles.

Whilst the race ended with Caterham owning the first two positions on track, they really had to work for that position and lost it when Vettel, in a very stupid move, took out Gasly on the final lap whilst trying to close the gap to his teammate.

Behind race winner Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado and Diego Álvarez Torrente fought each other with reckless abandon, the Spaniard getting the short end of the stick, leaving Pastor to achieve third.

Behind the big teams (and in the case of Jules Bianchi inbetween them), Theodore and Ferrari seemingly own the lower points-paying position. Haas, FAST and the other teams will need to work hard if they want to gain genuine points.


12Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd43:21.34915
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+8.83112
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+9.52310
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+13.8058
51Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+21.200*6
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+23.9455
727Dave CassidyFerrari+26.3974
862Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+26.8473
928Daniel MelroseFerrari+32.1052
1033Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+38.2681
1124Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+47.1710
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+49.4280
1332Alexander AlbonHolden+65.8690
1421J. R. HildebrandHaas-Judd+66.8630
1531Romain GrosjeanHolden+71.7770
1690Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+73.0950
175Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes+78.0270
1866Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
1991Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1 Lap0
2067Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
216Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
22118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1 Lap0
2355Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
24119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1 Lap0
2556Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
2623Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes2 Laps0

* given twenty-second penalty for causing an avoidable accident

Fastest Lap:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – 1:15.561

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Kevin Magnussen – was clearly the best driver outside the five large teams.

Reject Of The Race:

Sebastian Vettel – he can do better than that and he knows it.