Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.
Charles Leclerc smokes his tyres during practice. He owned up to pushing rather too hard in his second race weekend, and it was team mate Marcus Ericsson who bagged Sauber’s first points of the year.
The weekend took a poor turn for Max Verstappen when he crashed during Q1, a problem he blamed on an unexpected surge in power.
Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid but Valtteri Bottas split them at the start. Further back Lewis Hamilton, who’d dropped five places on the grid due to a gearbox change penalty, started strongly but lost the places he gained at turn one.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton
Verstappen then tried to pounce on Hamilton but the pair tangled at turn one.
The collision left Verstappen with race-ending damage.
While Sebastian Vettel led, Mercedes tried to put him under pressure by converting to a one-stop strategy. Ferrari continued with their two-stop plan for Kimi Raikkonen, but a disastrous pit stop took him out of the race and injured one of their mechanics.
Bottas reeled in Vettel but ran out of time to pass.
There was little to celebrate at Williams – Lance Stroll was dismayed to find his qualifying time was slower than it had been 12 months ago.
But there were joyous scenes at Toro Rosso, who in their second race with Honda power achieved fourth place, a better result than McLaren managed in the previous three years with the Japanese engines. Pierre Gasly drove superbly to take his first career points.
Two races down and Vettel has won both of them.
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2018 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Three errors caused Ferrari’s botched Bahrain pit stop which injured a mechanic
- Verstappen not to blame for Bahrain qualifying crash – Horner
- Steiner warns against knee-jerk reaction to pit lane safety fears
- Ferrari explains why Raikkonen’s pit stop went wrong
- Problems in first two races not down to bad luck – Raikkonen