MRT Leads Standings as Vettel Wins Bahrain Grand Prix for the Seventh Time


120Kevin MagnussenToyota1:35.5801:38.641
239Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1:35.7281:38.168+0.148
318Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:35.8631:38.573+0.283
488Robert KubicaROOKIE-Toyota1:35.9071:38.604+0.327
594Pascal WehrleinToyota1:36.0991:38.089+0.519
657Dean StonemanMcEwan-Mercedes1:36.265No Time+0.685
723Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:36.5431:38.573+0.963
856Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:36.5791:39.238+0.999
97Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1:36.614No Time+1.034
1063George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1:36.8041:39.238+1.224
1160Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1:37.1821:38.842+1.602
1255Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:37.216No Time+1.636
134Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:37.2491:40.074+1.669
1447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:35.893No Time+0.313*
151Victoria DesaiFerrari1:37.6631:40.203+2.083
1626Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:38.3281:40.959+2.748
1710Alessio LorandiFerrari1:38.3711:41.233+2.791
1833Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:37.580No Time+2.000*
1981Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1:38.775No Time+3.195
2029Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:37.805No Time+2.225*
2195Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:39.0081:41.672+3.389
2270Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:39.0071:41.074+3.428
2380Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1:39.3991:41.067+3.819
2498Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1:39.6131:42.603+4.033
2511Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:40.845No Time+5.265
2621Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW1:42.3071:44.357+6.727


The high-speed thrill in the desert saw major entertainment, even if the victory was decided early.
After an early prologue in New Zealand, Formula One took a month off to prepare itself for the actual meat of the season. Lots of kilometres in testing altered the landscape of competitiveness, but as expected Caterham remained on top.

Behind him, however, exciting racing took place as the Bridgestones were tasked on one of the most abrasive asphalts on the calendar. Multi-stop strategies and exciting racing make for a thrilling combination which had fans excited.

A number of drivers like Lando Norris and Einar Ármannsson had to work their way back up the order, which added more overtaking for a spicy Grand Prix. The final stage even added political drama, as Vettel got involved in a Red Bull vs. Toyota fight.

Sebastian Vettel extends his championship lead by winning the second Grand Prix of the year, but it is MRT who lead the championship – giving a BMW-powered team the lead of the championship for the first time since BMW Sauber won the 2009 titles.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd59:14.059310
223Jules BianchiMRT-BMW+30.82478
356Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW+40.71086
494Pascal WehrleinToyota1 Lap55
533Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap184
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap203
71Victoria DesaiFerrari1 Lap152
881Malik ZidanLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap191
910Alessio LorandiFerrari1 Lap17
1070Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap22
1195Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap21
1239Sho TsuboiROOKIE-Toyota1 Lap2
1326Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1 Lap16
1455Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1 Lap12
157Charles LeclercSauber-Toyota1 Lap9
1663George RussellMcEwan-Mercedes1 Lap10
1760Ritomo MiyataSauber-Toyota1 Lap11
1898Colton HertaAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap24
194Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1 Lap13
2080Raven RothAndretti-Ferrari1 Lap23
2111Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1 Lap25
2221Théo PourchaireFAST-BMW2 Laps26
Ret47Lando NorrisCaterham-JuddMotor14
Ret57Dean StonemanMcEwan-MercedesMotor6
Ret20Kevin MagnussenToyotaSuspension11
Ret88Robert KubicaROOKIE-ToyotaLoose Wheel4

Fastest Lap:

Lando Norris – 1:37.714

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Malik Zidan – a clever one-stop strategy helped him get a valuable point for Loonmotor.

Reject Of The Race:

Sebastian Vettel – so overcome with joy at winning that he blindly drives into another driver on the cooldown lap.