Kimi Raikkonen sickeningly breaks leg of own mechanic

Kimi Raikkonen sickeningly breaks leg of own mechanic

Kimi Raikkonen sickeningly breaks leg of own mechanic

It was more consistent on one lap but also in the race. It was the German driver who first pitted for a fresh set of Soft tyres.

Meanwhile, Vettel was still leading from Bottas as the first round of pit stops began.

In the race, Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly was best-of-the-rest behind only Vettel and Mercedes pair Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton. Bottas had a ideal drive right till the end, bringing in the gap of eight seconds from the German, down to under a second at the last lap, but unfortunately ran out of laps before making the final overtake. "Our plan worked but just, Bottas had a bit of a sniff but ran out of laps".

When asked by Autosport whether his performance was more down to Mercedes' not being at the same level as in Australia, or Ferrari's own gains, Vettel replied: "It's a hard one".

Vettel's win pushed him up to 50 points in the drivers' standings, 17 ahead of Hamilton, with Bottas third on 22 points.

"These tyres were done, done, in the last 10 laps", Vettel told his team over the radio.

"With Bottas' pace I thought he would catch me".

Vettel started on pole ahead of Raikkonen. I did the maths in the vehicle and thought he was going to catch me.

Francesco Cigarini was preparing to fit a new left-rear tyre during Raikkonen's second stop when the Finn was mistakenly told to leave the pit box.

Raikkonen was eventually forced out of the race following the terrifying incident.

"I go when the light is green, I don't see what happens behind", added Raikkonen. The experienced crew member was taken to hospital after being treated in the pit lane and is now on the mend following an operation.

Despite appearing to be in the pound seats, concern was sparked on the Mercedes pit wall as Vettel continued to circulate with his pace staying steady, leading the team to ask both Bottas and Hamilton up their pace to try and put more pressure on. Only a big thank-you. But, Bottas was quicker off the line and passed Kimi's Ferrari before turn 1. The Finn tried tailing through the middle sectors, but was unable to get another chance to pass. Williams is the only team that is yet to score a championship point.

Starting the race from the ninth position due to a five-place grid penalty over a gearbox change, the defending champion - Britain's Lewis Hamilton - rounded out the podium.

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