Sebastian Vettel wins the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, from Kimi Raikkonen.
The Principality of Monaco, home to the glitz and glamour and the jewel in Formula One’s crown. The race every driver dreams of winning, leading the field through the narrow streets and standing atop the podium alongside royalty. Today, that man was Sebastian Vettel after leaping ahead of Raikkonen in the pits and laying down unmatchable pace. Even maintaining a dominant win despite a late safety car when Button pitched Wehlrein into a roll at Portier.
Pole on the streets of Monaco secured by Kimi Raikkonen, from Sebastian Vettel.
The narrow streets that align the Monte Carlo Harbour, winding up to Casino Square and down to the famous tunnel. Narrow streets where overtaking is hard, not impossible, but qualifying results and track position pay dividends come the race. A race Kimi Raikkonen will lead from the front when the lights go out and the most glamorous race on the Formula One calendar commences, while Lewis Hamilton will start from outside the top 10.
The Spanish Grand Prix had seen 10 different drivers stand gladly upon the top step of the podium in the past 10 races. Etching their name onto the trophy for the first time, like Verstappen and Maldonado, or adding to their tallies, like Alonso and Raikkonen. This year, the man standing on the top of the podium with a beaming smile was Lewis Hamilton, as he claimed his second victory around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Ending the run of new winners in Spain.
Sebastian Vettel captures victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sakhir sunset leaves Sebastian Vettel to shine under the lights. With the German re-capturing the championship lead as Hamilton slowed to find himself in trouble. Pole-man Bottas may even have played the team game for Mercedes, but Hamilton’s error left him chasing the German controlling a race that ended with just 13 runners.
Vettel continues to set the pace in FP2 at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The floodlights flickered on, Ferrari finished fettling and Formula One refuelled for the final 90-minutes of Friday running. Yet when those 90-minutes came to an end, Ferrari continued to head the field as supersoft tyres could not demote Vettel. A late issue, however, took the shine off Ferrari’s day.
First free practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix topped by Sebastian Vettel.
As the sun beat down on the Bahrain desert, Formula One hit the track. With drivers pounding around in the mid-day heat, while Bernie Ecclestone enjoyed the paddock as he made his return. Witnessing Vettel set the pace in the weekend opener, as Mercedes watched on happily after being ahead of schedule.
With limited running on any of the Pirelli wet compounds, the start of the race emerged as a step into the unknown. But while Sainz took the risk of slicks, Verstappen stuck to the inters and began his charge. Hamilton meanwhile edged away smoothly to begin the race that took him to his first race of the year and level things up with Vettel in the drivers’ standings.