Perez pushes Jenson’s buttons

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Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, before the Bahrain GP
Jenson Button and Sergio Perez, before the Bahrain GP

David Grant

Bahrain GP

Sebastian Vettel became the first multiple winner of the 2013 Formula One season in typically dominating fashion in the fourth race of an already enticing season. Sunday saw the German three-time world champion win the Bahrain grand prix for the second season in a row, ensuring back to back victories at the Sakhir circuit. Nico Rosberg held off a first corner assault from Fernando Alonso who claimed second place heading into the first corner as the pack emerged from the tight first bend relatively unscathed.

However, Vettel did not wait long to demonstrate his prowess, easing past his compatriot Nico Rosberg on just the fourth lap as the Mercedes driver was helpless whilst the Red Bull front man continued into the distance leaving only the dust from the Bahrain desert in his wake. Vettel was rarely troubled and only relinquished the lead when pitting to fulfill his three-stop strategy, yet the moment he departed the pit lane pole position was reclaimed on lap 15.

Paul Di Resta was the standout British driver, equaling his best position of fourth on a day where Britain’s hopes in the form of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, (who has had a few close shaves with victory already this year) who all failed to shine. Drama and controversy did ensue in the McLaren garage as Mexican youngster Sergio Perez failed in his flamboyant attempt to overtake the more experienced Button and lost part of his front wing in a collision, resulting in Button demanding to McLaren’s higher powers that his team mate ‘calm down’.

After four races the standings already look ominous with Vettel opening a ten-point gap over Finn Kimi Raikkonen, driving for a rejuvenated Lotus team. Formula One returns from its exploits in the east to Europe in May with the Spanish Grand Prix followed by the renowned Monaco Grand Prix along the narrow streets of Monte Carlo. Both McLaren and Mercedes will hope to close the gap on the so far impressive Red Bull and Ferrari.

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