F1 2018: 5 craziest moments of The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton joined them on the podium recovered from a grid penalty to join the pair on the podium.

The former world champion race auto driver pulled into pit lane and his crew worked quickly to get the vehicle refuelled and restocked, however Kimi was reportedly given the all clear before the Ferrari auto was ready and he stepped on the accelerator.

Differing tire strategies for Scuderia Ferrari and Mercedes AMG Petronas produced a thrilling finish to Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. But, Bottas was quicker off the line and passed Kimi's Ferrari before turn 1.

Daniel Ricciardo initially held on to fourth place. "It seemed like a battery electrical problem", said Ricciardo of his Red Bull's sudden failure. Verstappen, who pulled off a bold move on Hamilton at Turn 1, saw his rear wheel unexpectedly clipped off by Hamilton. Two laps later, Raikkonen also came in for a Ferrari pit-stop that elevated Hamilton to second. "I send him the best regards, and I'm sure the guys are looking after him".

Kevin Magnussen was fifth in the Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg.

Meanwhile, there was also plenty of action behind the field as well, with Pierre Gasly securing his first ever points after finishing in a brilliant fourth place for his Honda-powered Torro Rosso. Hamilton was a further nine seconds in arrears and pulling rapidly away from Gasly. Alonso started in 13th place but quickly gained a few positions during the opening laps.

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This race will be remembered and referenced to for a long time to come.

Vettel was next to blink at the end of lap 18, surrendering the lead to Bottas. We'll come back strongly in China hopefully.

"Overall it's been close but obviously it's good to be just ahead". From starting just inside the top ten, Hamilton was now less than 10 seconds from the podium and under 20 from the race lead itself. While Bottas pitted two laps after Vettel, for Medium tyres, Hamilton held the lead briefly. Bottas, aided by his powerful Mercedes engine, its mystical "party mode" and the more durable medium tyres, was unable to overtake Vettel who was visibly struggling in the traction zones of every corner of the Bahrain International Circuit.

Raikkonen, who was pitting for a second time, was not at fault for the collision.

The driver was heavily criticised on social media for not offering more sympathy or support to his team mate, but he hit back at his haters, saying: "I don't see what happens". Not only was the left rear tyre not changed by the time the SF71H was ushered away, the confusion led to a mechanic being hit as the vehicle pulled away.