Formula One: Raikkonen explains pit-lane incident that hospitalised mechanic

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But of course, it would be absolutely impossible to ensure a repeat of such a Grand Prix at numerous other racing venues.

Differing tire strategies for Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas produced a thrilling finish to Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

"It worked, just! If you manage to get the win in these conditions, it makes it better". However, Ferrari's dominant display on track and on the pit-wall in Bahrain will definitely give everyone hopes of a Ferrari versus Mercedes repeat this season.

Sebastian Vettell stormed to glory at the Bahrain GP, although the win was totally overshadowed by a mishap which occurred during a Kimi Raikkonen pit stop.

Ricciardo was out of the race, but at least the virtual safety vehicle his retirement triggered helped Verstappen limp back to pit lane and rejoin the race on new tyres. The German was totally out-gunned for the last and most-critical part of the race and would have succumbed the lead with a few more laps been scheduled. Raikkonen came in on the next lap, and Bottas held on for one more lap before following suit.

Bottas used his longer-lasting compound to effect by closing down Vettel during the closing stages and began the final lap within a second of his rival, though was unable to produce an overtaking chance, and came home as runner-up.

In the race, Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly was best-of-the-rest behind only Vettel and Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton finally stopped a lap later, swapping his soft tyres for mediums.

But despite having a quick auto, Ferrari had to contend with only one vehicle finishing the race.

Raikkonen stopped his auto just meters away and withdrew from the race, while the mechanic was rushed to hospital. Now in the lead but yet to pit, Hamilton was similarly eyeing a one-stop strategy.

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Ferrari has been hit with a €50,000 ($61,410) fine by governing body FIA for exiting the pit stop "in a manner endangering team personnel and causing injury".

Hamilton started ninth on the grid and battled his way into contention before ultimately finishing adrift of the leading two drivers.

Before we head to China in a couple of days for race 3, let's take a look back at some of the insane happenings that took place under the lights at Sakhir! He quickly passed Fernando Alonso, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon, and on lap 6 also got the jump on Kevin Magnussen's Haas for fifth.

Red Bull had an bad race, with Ricciardo and Verstappen retiring within six laps. But the former champions finished a lap down.

"I feel very sorry for Kimi", he added.

Should Bottas have won the race? Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley were slapped with a post-race penalty for a rare offence.

Moments later, there were heads on hands in the Red Bull garage as Ricciardo's race came to an end.

Verstappen suffered a rear-left puncture after making contact with Hamilton as he tried to pass the Briton, and limped back to the pits. Vettel now holds a a 17-point lead in the overall standings over Hamilton with two of the 21 races completed. Is Verstappen trying too hard? Despite being on soft tyres while those around him were sporting supersofts, he was soon on the march.

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