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How Sebastian Vettel lost the race (Bahrain Grand Prix start analysis)

Before the Bahrain Grand Prix started Sebastian Vettel was favourite to win – with 64% of us on the live blog picking him to come home first. But his chances evaporated in a frantic first lap where he slipped from third to fifth behind Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. Here’s how the first lap unfolded:

Rate the race: Bahrain Grand Prix

Jenson Button takes his third win of 2009 from fourth on the grid. What did you think of the Bahrain Grand Prix? Rate it out of ten and have your say below.

Championship standings after Bahrain

Drivers’ championship Jenson Button 31 Rubens Barrichello 19 Sebastian Vettel 18 Jarno Trulli 14.5 Timo Glock 12 Mark Webber 9.5 Lewis Hamilton 9 Fernando Alonso 5 Heikki Kovalainen 4 Nick Heidfeld 4 Nico Rosberg 3.5 Kimi Raikkonen 3 Sebastien Buemi 3 Sebastien Bourdais 1 Nelson Piquet Jnr 0 Felipe Massa 0 Kazuki Nakajima 0 Giancarlo […]

Bahrain Grand Prix result

1. Jenson Button 2. Sebastian Vettel 3. Jarno Trulli 4. Lewis Hamilton 5. Rubens Barrichello 6. Kimi Raikkonen 7. Timo Glock 8. Fernando Alonso 9. Nico Rosberg 10. Nelson Piquet Jnr 11. Mark Webber 12. Heikki Kovalainen 13. Sebastien Bourdais 14. Felipe Massa 15. Giancarlo Fisichella 16. Adrian Sutil 17. Sebastien Buemi 18. Robert Kubica […]

Ecclestone tops Britain’s F1 rich list but sees wealth slashed by costly divorce

Those who blame the world’s wealthiest people for the financial crisis will get a does of schadenfreude from this year’s Sunday Times Rich List, as many have had billions wiped from their fortunes. F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone has seen his wealth slashed for an entirely different reason – his divorce from wife Slavica. On a […]

Another new helmet design for Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has brought another new skid-lid for the Bahrain Grand Prix. It’s covered in diagrams of all the different F1 tracks and it looks like it was designed by a two year-old with a box of crayons…

Tyre compounds for next four races

Bridgestone has announced what tyres the teams will used at the Monaco, Turkish, British and German Grands Prix. At Monaco the tyre supplier will break with its 2009 policy of using tyres that are two stages apart, bringing the soft and super-soft compounds as it did in 2008. It will revert to type at Istanbul […]

How Lewis Hamilton can win the race – for Toyota (Bahrain GP pre-race analysis)

The fuel loads have confirmed the suspicions that the Toyotas ran with lower fuel loads than their rivals to take control of the first row of the grid. On row two we find the two drivers most likely to become our title protagonists: race winners Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button. Which one of these is […]

Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying: Pictures

Pictures

It all went wrong for Mark Webber but Jarno Trulli and Toyota celebrated their first pole position in four years. Here’s a selection of pictures from qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel carrying more fuel than Toyotas (Bahrain GP fuel and pit stops)

Jarno Trulli may have taken pole position but Sebastian Vettel is set to stop three laps later than the Toyota driver in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here’s the fuel weights for each of the drivers and their predicted first stint lengths.