Sebastian Vettel led Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean home in the Bahrain Grand Prix, recreating the same podium we saw at this race last year (pictured).
This is only the third time in Formula One history the same race has had a repeat podium in consecutive years. It last happened in the 1998 and 1999 Spanish Grands Prix, won by Mika Hakkinen with David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher second and third.
The 1964 and 1965 British Grands Prix also had the same podium, with Jim Clark winning ahead of Graham Hill and John Surtees. Remarkably the same trio were also on the podium in 1963 – Clark won but Surtees beat Hill to second on that occasion.
Vettel’s second win in the Bahrain Grand Prix was his 28th career victory. The next drivers in front of him on the all-time winners list are Nigel Mansell and Fernando Alonso, with 31.
It was the 36th win for Red Bull, meaning they are now on their own in fifth place in the list of most successful F1 teams. That’s a remarkable achievement given last Friday marked four years since their first F1 victory:
Vettel scored his 17th fastest lap, giving him as many as Rubens Barrichello. He is also the only driver to have led every race so far this year.
Nico Rosberg scored the second pole position of his career, giving him as many as Stuart Lewis-Evans, Jo Siffert, John Watson, Gilles Villeneuve, Michele Alboreto, Jean Alesi and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
It was the first time Mercedes have scored back-to-back pole positions since Stirling Moss and Juan Manuel Fangio did so in the 1955 British and Italian Grands Prix. Mercedes’ 11th pole position gives them as many as Cooper and BRM.
Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber marked their 200th grand prix starts in Bahrain (Ferrari celebrated Alonso’s 200th participation two races ago). It was also the 150th race start for Red Bull.
Paul di Resta led an F1 race for the second time in his career – the previous occasion was this race last year.
Red Bull’s head of trackside electronics Gill Jones was not the first woman to stand on the podium at an F1 race representing a team. It’s happened on at least one other occasion.
Virginia Williams, who passed away last month, received the trophy for Williams at the 1986 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch, when Nigel Mansell and Nelson Piquet finished first and second. This was her husband Frank Williams’s first appearance at a race after bring paralysed in a road accident earlier that year.
Finally, Kimi Raikkonen finished in the points for the 21st consecutive race, meaning he needs three more to equal Michael Schumacher’s record.
After Raikkonen the driver with the next-longest streak of consecutive points scores was Felipe Massa, on 13, but that ended with his 15th-place finished yesterday. Next up is Vettel on 11. Lotus remain the only team to have both drivers finish in the points in every race so far this year.
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