Double World Champion Sebastian Vettel took his first win this season in a hot and exciting Bahrain Grand Prix to put himself on top of the World Drivers’ Championship.
Vettel capitalized on misatkes from McLaren to take the win ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean both in the Lotus. Kimi Raikkonen threatened Vettel’s position mid-way through the race but a slower pit stop and equal pace meant that 2nd was the best he can do.
Mark Webber took his fourth 4th position of the season with Nico Rosberg, who suffered a broken exhaust late in the race, behind him in 5th.
Paul Di Resta drove a fantastic race to snatch 6th ahead of Fernando Alonso in 7th and Lewis Hamilton, who had, not one, but 2 pit stop errors, in 8th.
Felipe Massa took his first points of the season, finishing 9th, with Michael Schumacher wrapping up the top 10 after a brilliant drive from 22nd on the grid.
Jenson Button who was set for a 7th place finish, retired just one lap before the end of the race due to a mechanical problem and a late puncture.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h35:10.990 2. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 3.300 3. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 10.100 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 38.700 5. Rosberg Mercedes + 55.400 6. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 57.500 7. Alonso Ferrari + 57.800 8. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes + 58.900 9. Massa Ferrari + 1:04.900 10. Schumacher Mercedes + 1:11.400 11. Perez Sauber-Ferrari + 1:12.700 12. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes + 1:16.500 13. Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1:30.300 14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari + 1:33.700 15. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 16. Petrov Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 17. Kovalainen Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 18. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 1 lap 19. Glock Marussia-Cosworth + 2 laps 20. De la Rosa HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps 21. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth + 2 laps 22. Senna Williams-Renault + 3 laps