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“Bored” Vettel Finishes Fast

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Danner Reviews Bahrain

Vettel takes unnecessary risk to grab Fastest Lap along with checkered flag

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Danner's Fastest Lap Pick for Barcelona

Who will race the Fastest Lap at the FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA 2013?

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Reigning World Champ takes easy win but unnecessary risk to grab Fastest Lap after “boring” day out ahead of some thrilling battles behind him.

Set up by two early passes after falling from second to third off the grid, Red Bull Racing driver Sebastian Vettel piloted a lonely race to the checkered flag at the 2013 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX. Christian Danner, DHL’s F1 Expert, went as far as to call Vettel’s race “boring” – adding, “a little further back, however, it was probably one of the most thrilling races of this season.”


Indeed it was a thriller of a race, with some calling it the most exciting Grand Prix of the season so far as fans were treated to lots of passing, wheel-on-wheel racing, not to mention complaining. The McLaren duo of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez actually found themselves in a fierce duel that caused Button to ask his team to “calm him down” after Perez carelessly swiped his rear end at one point.

A fastest lap love affair
In what we’ve come to love as ‘vintage Vettel’, the three-time World Champ couldn’t help but follow his now usual habit when he’s out in front – to push his car to the limit in the final laps to ensure that he not only tops the podium, but that he also takes the day’s Fastest Lap. He did so on the lap 55 of the 57-lap Grand Prix in 1min 36.961sec.

“Sebastian Vettel really loves setting fastest laps; I mean he is, in fact, a real champion as far as setting fastest laps is concerned,” said Danner in Bahrain. Much to the chagrin of his team, however, he did it when he didn’t have to. Having outpaced the field from the start – a move like that is considered a risk so late in the race. “Usually the guy who’s in the lead doesn’t want to take any risks. Sebastian Vettel is a different kind of a character. He loves to be the fastest man – the fastest man who sets the fastest lap, too,” added Danner.


The German was more than satisfied with his team and his car. “A big, big thank you to the team today,” he said after the race. “The pace was phenomenal; the car was very quick and just seemed to get better and better towards the end. It was really a beautiful race where you could really push every single lap and we took good care of the tires, so overall very happy.”

It was Vettel’s 28th career Formula 1 victory.

A rare podium repeat
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean shared the winner’s podium with Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix, a repeat of the same podium as last year’s desert duel. This has only happened two other times in the history of Formula 1 – first at the 1964 and 1965 British Grands Prix and again over thirty years later at the 1998 and 1999 Spanish Grands Prix.

The standings

After the fourth race of the season, title holder Sebastian Vettel is ten points ahead of Kimi Räikkönen in the Drivers’ Championship while Lewis Hamilton passes Fernando Alonso for third. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull is ahead of Lotus and Ferrari. Paul Di Resta’s fourth place finish – his best ever – puts Force India in the top five.

After two Fastest Laps in a row, Sebastian Vettel is also ahead in DHL Fastest lap standings, making the champ and his team the leaders across the board

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