Ferrari’s Formula One world championship leader Sebastian Vettel has held on to win a nail-biting Bahrain Grand Prix in the German’s 200th race start. The win was the 49th of the four-time F1 champion’s career. However, the Maranello team could not completely enjoy the victory in Bahrain, as disastrous pit stop for teammate Kimi Raikkonen left a Ferrari mechanic injured on the ground and forced the Finn’s retirement. It was later announced the mechanic had suffered a broken leg.
It was a poor error from the Maranello team, which was fined 5,000 euros ($7,843) for an unsafe pit release during practice on Friday, however the race showed that Scuderia Ferrari is very much a contender for the World Drivers’ Championship: “Today’s result, with a win for Sebastian, is confirmation of the great job done by the team, of an effective car and of a driver who drove like a true champion right to the very end. It was a shame for Kimi, who would have completed a fine result for the team. We chose to take one of our mechanics up onto the podium as a mark of respect to our colleague Francesco who was injured during the pit stop. The whole team hopes he recovers quickly. We are already preparing for the next race in China and as usual we will give it our all.” – Scuderia Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said at the end of the race, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.