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Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Formula One: More problems for McLaren as Hamilton tops testing

Formula One: More problems for McLaren as Hamilton tops testing

First place Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany receives the trophy after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, Aprill 17, 2017.

The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia.

Hamilton, who had been so dominant in China last weekend, was gracious in defeat but vowed to fight back. This not only puts him in the lead over the 4-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, but it also pushed Ferrari ahead of Mercedes in the Constructor standings.

"Yes guys, that's what I'm talking about", whooped the German, who was helped by a safety auto after an aggressive early pitstop.

"It's been a really great day for me". "I don't know what to say".

Turvey returned to the track for the concluding hour and completed a further 15 laps, but he was almost four seconds adrift of Hamilton's best lap and slowest of all the 12 times set.

The Mercedes team called in both Bottas and Hamilton and the latter slowed in the pit lane ahead of Ricciardo to avoid having to wait behind Bottas in the pits. The pace still wasn't there in the second and third stint. Exclusively my fault. Then the time lost in the pitlane.

It was the second win in three races for Vettel, but it could be argued the result would have been different if Hamilton hadn't got a five second penalty for holding up Daniel Ricciardo on the pit entry. "So it needs a proper analysis, what it means and where we are", he said after Sunday's race.

After the safety auto period, Vettel came out on the lead, but was sitting on soft tires and would need a new set before the end of the race.

In lap 14, a collision between the cars of Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz prompted the safety auto to come out, but the Mercedes cars could not get back on track right away.

"I got hit from the side", the Williams rookie exclaimed.

Vettel came in for new tyres on lap 11, prompting Red Bull's Max Verstappen to pit on the next lap. "I tried my hardest to catch up. But the early pit stop worked", said Vettel.

"Firstly, congratulations to Sebastian, he did a fantastic job today and also a big thank you to Valtteri for being a gentleman out there". Eighth, ninth and tenth spots went to Haas' Romain Grosjean, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Force India's Esteban Ocon, respectively. The only exception was at last year's rain-soaked Monaco GP, where Rosberg accepted team orders to let Hamilton through on his way to victory.

McLaren's nightmare continued with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne failing to start and Fernando Alonso retiring on the final laps but classified 14th.

"We all had more or less the same start and Lewis stuck with Valtteri (Bottas) so I could take a risk under braking and get the move done".

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