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Bahrain test - Hamilton fastest on first day in Sakhir

20 April 2017
Bahrain test - Hamilton fastest on first day in Sakhir

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.

"I was expecting a lot more personally".

After the race, Hamilton apologised to the team for the incident and in his post-race media debrief revealed his frustration at the way the Bahrain weekend unfolded. Ferrari did a better job.

"It's not what we have done in the last couple of years but the situation is different now, so it needs a proper analysis of what it means and where we are", he said.

Kimi Räikkönen came home 4th in the other Ferrari. "I apologise to the team for losing that time there..."

Twice Bottas let triple champion teammate Lewis Hamilton through to try and take on Vettel, an attempt that ultimately proved in vain as the Briton ended up second and Bottas third. Red Bull's Max Verstappen also tried to do this before crashing out.

The disparity between the current Mercedes pairing is more marked than before, with Bottas yet to win a race and Hamilton surpassed only by Michael Schumacher in the all-time lists with 54 victories.

"In the race it's pretty evenly matched I would say". Sebastian Vettel crossed the chequered flag bringing Ferrari its second win of the 2017 Formula 1 season in the Bahrain Grand Prix. The following lap saw Williams' Lance Stroll being hit by Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz from the side, which brought out the safety vehicle.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the Finn's hopes of a first win had been hit even before the start when a problem with a generator on the grid left him with the wrong tyre pressures.

"I'm sorry and apologise, but we still got good points for the team and we still had a great fight".

"These were quite good conditions for me today with our vehicle".

When the safety auto was called upon, that meant Mercedes was forced to stack both drivers, and Niki Lauda reported that there was an issue with wheelgun air pressures, which impacted those pitstops.

After he made his first pitstop, Bottas was able to challenge Vettel for the lead at the restart, but couldn't make it stick, and from there he fell back as he continued to struggle.

"I'm really grateful for giving me the opportunity to drive here in Bahrain".

Hamilton was catching the German on every lap but ran out of time and finished nearly seven seconds behind.

The German is now seven points clear of Hamilton in the F1 World Drivers' Championship while Bottas is already 30 points off the pace in third.