Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2014 Results: Winner, Final Standings and Reaction
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Full results per Formula1.com:
Updated Driver Standings
Here's the drivers' standings after the third race of the 2014 season, per Formula1.com:
|3||Nico Hulkenberg||German||Force India-Mercedes||28|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||German||Red Bull Racing-Renault||23|
|9||Sergio Perez||Mexican||Force India-Mercedes||16|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Australian||Red Bull Racing-Renault||12|
Updated Team Standings
Here's how the constructors' championship looks after the third race of the 2014 season, per Formula1.com:
Brian Johnson of AC/DC compared the post-race podium speeches. Speaking to winner Hamilton first, courtesy of the Sky Sports 2 (UK) broadcast, he asked if the Englishman had enjoyed a race he thought was one of the finest for years.
I'm very grateful for the team to get us up here. [..] Yeah it was exciting, Nico drove fantastically. I built a gap that was ok, but I was on a real knife edge.
Nico Rosberg gave a quite definite response when asked for his take on proceedings:
I strongly dislike coming second to Lewis, it's really not something I enjoy doing. [...] I hope we were able to give you all a great race. [...] I'll be back net race to take the win
Third-placed Sergio Perez was ecstatic with another podium finish:
It's been a while since my last podium. It's very special for me. [..] The strategy was very close for us [..] we just managed to keep going, but one more lap.
Winners in Bahrain
Mercedes, with another one-two finish, continue to dominate the sport this season.
Their winning margin of 22.9 seconds over third-placed Sergio Perez of Force India evidences just how hard it will be for anyone to catch them during this Formula One season.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was a loser last time out, but very definitely a winner in Bahrain.
Third place in qualifying after an electric practice session, the Red Bull driver only found himself 0.866 seconds behind second placed Hamilton. However, a 10th-place penalty for an unsafe release last weekend in Malaysia, per BBC Sport, saw Ricciardo's challenge over before it had begun.
A stunning drive, outlining the Australian's skills throughout, saw him almost make the podium, finishing a hugely creditable fourth.
Losers in Bahrain
Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber-Ferrari can feel very hard done by in this race.
Lap 41 saw the end of his Grand Prix after he was dramatically flipped over by Pastor Maldonado.
The latter came out of the pit lane just a little too fast and hit the Sauber side. Gutierrez had done little wrong up until that point but thankfully managed to get up and walk away.
Sebastian Vettel's struggles continue. Despite a reasonable drive from his point of view, his car is so far off the pace of the Mercedes that you can't see how the German is going to force his way back into this Championship.
He could clearly be heard on the team radio suggesting he was "really, really struggling" on the straights.
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