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Red Bull’s Vettel Wins Bahrain Grand Prix; Raikkonen Second

April 21, 2013

Red Bull Driver Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates on the podium after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir, Bahrain. Photographer: Steve Etherington/Getty Images

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix today to extend his lead in the Formula One drivers’ standings.

Vettel finished ahead of Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean after 57 laps of the Sakhir circuit, in a repeat of last year’s first three.

Vettel, who started No. 2 on the grid, controlled the race from the third lap. His 9.1-second victory was the 25-year-old German’s second win this season and the 28th of his career. Vettel is seeking a fourth straight world title.

“It was a faultless, seamless race from start to finish,” Vettel said at the post-race ceremony. “The pace was phenomenal, the car was very quick. We took good care of the tires and it all paid off.”

Paul di Resta of Force India was fourth today and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes fifth. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, who started on pole, could only finish ninth.

Vettel also won in Malaysia on March 24. He has 77 points, followed by Raikkonen (67), Hamilton (50), Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso (47) and Mark Webber of Red Bull (32).

Today’s grand prix, the fourth of a 19-race schedule, passed off without disruption after clashes between police and political protesters away from the circuit in the days before the race.

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