Ferrari fined €50000 after mechanic injured

Posted April 10, 2018

To set the milestone, Vettel, 30, had to fend off a late fierce attack from Mercedes' Finnish driver - Valtteri Bottas - who had to settle for the second spot.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton came to blows in the opening stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The unsafe release from the pits was key flashpoint in the race won by Vettel, who made it two wins out of two in his 200th race.

It seems as though he's in good spirits after posting a picture to Instagram saying: "Surgery ok".

As Vettel kept his two-second buffer stable to Bottas in second as they approached the first round of pit stops, the midfield battle went to the pit lane as Magnussen tried to get the undercut on Gasly in the race for P5.

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He had earlier told his team that everything was under control but that, he recognised later with a smile, was not at all the reality.

"I can't speak for them but I think it's always a combination of things". Nobody in the paddock thought the soft tyres would be good for much more than 32 laps and as Vettel started his stint he still appeared to be setting a pace that was consistent with a two-stop.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton finished third in a pulsating race, which saw Vettel squeeze the maximum out of tires he was forced to use from lap 18 of the 57-lap race to beat Bottas by just 0.699 seconds.

Raikkonen had been given the green light to exit his stop.

On Friday, the team was was fined 5,000 euros after Raikkonen was sent out of the pits with a loose wheel during practice.

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A Ferrari mechanic suffered a broken leg after a nasty collision with Kimi Raikkonen's auto following an unsafe release in the pit at this past weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton could take some consolation in equalling Raikkonen's all-time record of 27 successive points finishes.

"I started ninth, so third is not bad at all". Hamilton lived to fight another day, but Verstappen sustained an ultimately terminal left-rear puncture.

Bottas said: "We were on the harder compound and I knew there was a chance". He was possibly held up by traffic or confused by shoddy radio communications but, as noted during the Sky broadcast, he was given target times but didn't achieve them consistently.

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