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Sunday images from the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix

Silver Arrows wrap desert duel with a double podium

Apr 172017

Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas made it a double podium for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team in the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. Lewis came home in second place behind race-winner Sebastian Vettel, while Valtteri was third.

It was a difficult race in the desert for the Silver Arrows however, as they were forced to make an early pit stop when the safety car was deployed following a crash between Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz. The double pit stop caused a delay in Lewis and Valtteri’s race strategy; with Lewis being subsequently punished with a five-second-time penalty for holding up Daniel Ricciardo while the pair entered the pit lane.

Lewis said: "It's been a challenging weekend. The start of the race was OK but Sebastian was in my blind spot so I didn't know where he was and I lost a position there. It was really hard to follow but we generally had similar pace.


"Under the Safety Car, I just misjudged it myself the situation; that was my fault, so my apologies to the team. I had good pace in the second and final stints and we honestly thought we could catch Sebastian. But the five-second penalty made that twice as hard. Our guys have been making good calls all year so far. I tried my best to recover from the mistake but it wasn't quite enough. We still come away with good points."


Valtteri said: "Not a good day. We had an issue with the tyre pressures at the start. The pace wasn't good and Sebastian put us under real pressure. Under the Safety Car at the first stop there was a problem and we lost some time in the stop; maybe otherwise I would have just been in front but I know that the team will investigate the issue.


"I had some good racing with Sebastian after the restart but unfortunately it was just for a short moment. I've not had the race results that I'd been hoping for so far, but will be targeting a strong weekend in Sochi."


Race Result:
1    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari                57    1h33m53.374s
2    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes            57    6.660s
3    Valtteri Bottas    Mercedes            57    20.397s

4    Kimi Raikkonen    Ferrari                57    22.475s
5    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault        57    39.346s
6    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes        57    54.326s
7    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes        57    1m02.606s
8    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari            57    1m14.865s
9    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault            57    1m20.188s
10    Esteban Ocon        Force India/Mercedes        57    1m35.711s
11    Pascal Wehrlein    Sauber/Ferrari            56    1 Lap
12    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Renault        56    1 Lap
13    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            56    1 Lap
14    Fernando Alonso    McLaren/Honda        54    3 Laps
-    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari            50    Retirement
-    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Renault        12    Collision
-    Lance Stroll        Williams/Mercedes        12    Collision
-    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault        11    Brakes
-    Kevin Magnussen    Haas/Ferrari            8    Retirement
-    Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren/Honda        0    Not started