April 16, 2017 – Sebastian Vettel took his second victory of the season at a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix as he beat the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas to the chequered flag.
Vettel moved ahead of the two Mercedes cars after the first round of pit stops, as Hamilton incurred a 5-second penalty for unnecessarily slowing down in front of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo as the cars entered the pits. Serving it at his second and final pit stop, Hamilton rejoined in third place.
Team-mate Valtteri Bottas, off his pace, was ordered to let Hamilton by so he could chase leader Vettel, but 12 seconds in nine laps was too big a task and Hamilton took second, while Bottas settled for 3rd.
Kimi Raikkonen was again relatively anonymous, a poor start leaving him a long way behind but recovering to take fourth place ahead of Ricciardo.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||TAG||39.346|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India||Mercedes||1’02.606|
|10||Esteban Ocon||Force India||Mercedes||1’35.711|
|11||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber||Ferrari||1 lap|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||Renault||1 lap|
|13||Jolyon Palmer||Renault||Renault||1 lap|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||Renault|
|Max Verstappen||Red Bull||TAG|