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POINTS FIA Formula OneWorld Championship After 4/20 rounds
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 53 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 49 3 Mark Webber Red Bull 48 4 Jenson Button McLaren 43 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 43 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 35
to find the gap to Red Bull and Sebastian [Vettel].”
Before the next race of the season, which is the Spanish GP in Barcelona onMay 13, all F1 teams will decamp to Mugello in Italy for three days of in-season testing, starting on Tuesday.
“The pace will be decided by who brings the best updates,” said Grosjean. “I think the rest of the season will be as tough as it has been so far and you will have to get the last hundredths and the last tenths to make sure that you are on the podium.”
Vettel praises team Aswell as the buoyant mood within the Lotus team, reigning world champion Vettel said hewas confident that Red Bull has turned a corner with the RB8 chassis.
The German’s victory, with team-mate MarkWebber in fourth place, means that the Milton Keynes team has overhauled McLaren at the head of the constructors’ table. Despite Vettel’s win, the Red Bull was still struggling for outright speed at Bahrain and was 6mph slower than the Lotus on the straights.
Grosjean scored first podium
Vettel paid tribute to the team’s hard work to turn the car into a winner: “The first time I drove on Friday morning, I felt happier with the car’s balance so I think we have found a reasonable package.
“The team have done an incredible job over the last four races, the amount of work they had to do was so much. Weasked for this and that, for tweaks here and there and they camewith new parts, then old parts, then new parts again. We spent a lot of time trying to get everything to our liking but we got there. I am extremely proud of the team.”
Räikkönen came close to overhauling Vettel’s Red Bull
SebastianVettel’s win in Bahrain means there have been four different winning makes in the first four rounds of the season.The last time that happened in Formula One was way back in 1983.
Brazilian GP Where: Jacarepaguá, Rio When: March 13, 1983 What happened:Nelson Piquet took the gorgeous Brabham BT52 to
French GP Where:Paul Ricard When:April 17, 1983 What happened: No one could stop Alain Prost on home ground as its maiden win by powering ahead of Keke Rosberg’s Williams and soaring to an untroubled victory. Rosberg was disqualified from second place for a push start.
USGrand PrixWest Where: Long Beach, California When: March 27, 1983 What happened:John Watson charged from 22nd on the grid to victory for McLaren using the demon Michelin tyres to haul his way to the front, and he finished in front of his team-mate Niki Lauda, who had started 23rd. René Arnoux was third for Ferrari.
he lead a one-three for the patriotic Renault team. Piquet and Riccardo Patrese were the only ones to challenge. Patrese retired, while Piquet was second.
San Marino GP Where: Imola When: May 1, 1983 What happened: This should have been Patrese’s race, but two errors swung it in favour of home crowd hero
Patrick Tambay in his Ferrari. Firstly, Patrese overshot his pit marks to lose his early advantage and then he crashed under pressure from the Frenchman. Prost’s Renault finished in second place.
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