Mike Stevens | Mar 15, 2010

Fernando Alonso on Sunday won his first race for Ferrari.

The Spaniard drove past pole sitter Sebastian Vettel during the season opening Bahrain grand prix when the leading Red Bull developed an exhaust problem.

With reduced power, German Vettel was able to finish fourth.

"Luckily I could continue but we should have won really," the 22-year-old told the BBC.

Felipe Massa, who was passed by Alonso on the first lap, had strong pace at Sakhir but was passed by Alonso on the first lap.

He was emotional on his return to F1 after his recovery from injury.

"I was saving fuel for the last 30 laps," said the Brazilian, at the end of the first grand prix since 1993 with no in-race refuelling.

Nico Rosberg completed his impressive clean-sweep of beating Michael Schumacher this weekend by finishing one place ahead of the seven time world championship in fifth.

World champion Jenson Button, and Vettel's teammate Mark Webber, were just seventh and eighth.

(GMM)

 

F1 To Look Again At Mandatory Second Pitstop

As the F1 circus is dismantled in Bahrain on Sunday night, talks are already underway to address the sport's new problem.

The debut of the refuelling ban is now the subject of harsh criticism, after some observers slammed a less than exciting 49 tours of the Sakhir circuit.

"The race is quite straightforward. You start on heavy fuel, you do one stop and then you ... it's pretty much a train the whole way," said Lewis Hamilton, who finished third.

Worse still in Bahrain is that the first and only pitstops took place very early in the race because the leading cars all qualified on Bridgestone's faster soft tyre.

For fear of this very consequence, some teams pushed in the pre-season period for a second pitstop to be mandatory, but the proposal was voted down.

"I think we have to re-examine that," FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh said on BBC television after the race.

Another solution is in Bridgestone's hands, with the problem exacerbated this weekend because the most suitable qualifying tyre was still good enough to take the leading cars to an acceptable single pitstop window.

The result was that most of the race strategies were the same.

"Today was not the best show, we know that and we have all got to work together to improve it," added Whitmarsh.

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