May 22, 2012

2012 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Review

Sebastian Vettel earned first 2012 win at F1 Gulf Air Bahrain GP on April 22, 2012.
Photo by Paul Gilham / Getty Images via The Epoch Times.

On April 22, 2012, Formula One race drivers and their crews worked the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, for the 2012 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix. The race-winning and championship points-leading driver rotation that we saw in the first three rounds continued for this, the fourth race of the 2012 Formula One Season.

German driver Sebastian Vettel, of Red Bull Renault, got his first victory of the year. The 2010 and 2011 champion led for most of the race, after having started from pole position. Starting from the middle of the pack (11th), Kimi Räikkönen (Finland) drove his Lotus Renault past all but the race winner, on his way to second place. Räikkönen's teammate Romain Grosjean also landed on the podium for the first time this season, placing third. It was also the first career podium for the Swiss driver, who claims French nationality.

Below are related links from and some video for you to review this race.

Qualifying - resurgent Vettel takes Sakhir pole
Posted at on April 21, 2012

Sebastian Vettel bounced back to take his and Red Bull's first pole position of the season in Sakhir on Saturday afternoon, as former fastest man Lewis Hamilton bumped Vettel's team mate Mark Webber from the front row...

FIA post-qualifying press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on April 21, 2012

Drivers: 1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 3 - Mark Webber (Red Bull)

Q: Sebastian, four races into the 2012 season and your first pole position of the season? I take it it's good to be back?
Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, it obviously feels great and I think this one I completely owe it to the team, to the guys. It wasn't the easiest start...

Race - Vettel holds off Raikkonen for Sakhir win
Posted at on April 22, 2012

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel leapt back into the limelight - and the lead of the world championship - with victory in Sunday's 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The world champion took the lead from the start and immediately out-paced McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and team mate Mark Webber. But it did not take long for the strength of the Lotus team threat to make itself felt...

FIA post-race press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on April 22, 2012

Drivers: 1 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), 2 - Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus), 3 - Romain Grosjean (Lotus)

Q: Congratulations Sebastian. As defending champion it's always nice to get your first win of the season, even if it is at the fourth time of asking.
Sebastian Vettel:
Yeah, I think it was an incredible race. Extremely tough. Sometimes we had a decent gap but still even from the start we had a very good start, which was crucial. I was unable to pull away immediately...

Bahrain analysis - Vettel makes it four from four
Posted at on April 23, 2012

Can the 2012 season get any more competitive? Four rounds in and we've had four winning drivers and four winning teams. That hasn't happened since 1983! Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull added their names to the list in Bahrain on Sunday, proving that you should never write off the reigning champions. Not only that, Lotus made good on their recent promise, with Kimi Raikkonen pushing Vettel all the way, suggesting their first 2012 victory is only a matter of time...

F1: Bob Varsha, David Hobbs and Steve Matchett take a look at the results from Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel becomes the fourth winner of the 2012 season.

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