Vettel wins in Bahrain

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Updated: April 23, 2012

Sebastian Vettel became the fourth different winner of a grand prix this year by taking the chequered flag in Bahrain.

Not since 2006 has F1 witnessed such a start to a campaign, with the reigning world champion claiming his 22nd career victory. Behind the German, Lotus enjoyed their best race of the season as Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean joined Vettel on the podium. It was a poor race for McLaren, though, with Lewis Hamilton eighth after two pit-stop issues, whilst Jenson Button retired a lap from home.

1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull-Renault 1:35:10.990
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault +00:03.333
3. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 00:10.194
4. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 00:38.788
5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 00:55.460
6. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India-Mercedes 00:57.543
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:57.803
8. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 00:58.984
9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 01:04.999
10. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 01:11.490
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 01:12.702
12. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India-Mercedes 01:16.539
13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 01:30.334
14. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 01:33.723
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1 lap
16. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1 lap
17. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 1 lap
18r. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 2 laps
19. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 2 laps
20. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 2 laps
21. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 2 laps
22r. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 3 laps
r. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 32 laps
r. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 33 laps