Alonso spearheads Ferrari to the podium at the Bahrain GP
Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany stands during a photocall of world champions drivers prior to the start of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, March 14, 2010. Back row from left , former Formula One World Champion Mika Hakkinen of Finland, former Formula One World Champion Jacques Villeneuve of Canada, former Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg of Finland, former Formula One World Champion Jody Scheckter, and former Formula One World Champion Alan Jones. Front row , from left, FIA president Jean Todt of France and his wife Michelle Yeoh of Malaysia, former Formula One World Champion Sir Jack Brabham, former Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, former Formula One World Champion John Surtees, former Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi and McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain.
The 2008 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, managed to clamber to a third position finish at the Bahrain GP while his teammate, Jenson Button, the 2009 World Champion, came in at a disappointing P7 with a time of 2m 00.624s. Button had a hard time going on the offensive with Mark Webber staying close on his tail.
Sebastien Vettel managed to hold on to P4 after the technical issues which bugged his car, with a time of 2m 00.336s, after making sure he wasn't overtaken by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes who was close behind him. Mark Webber had a good showing after surviving a hiccup at the start. At the start of the race there were jets of smoke spewing out out of his engine in the opening seconds. He managed to go on but did cause problems for the drivers who were right behind him. Webber had a time of 2m 00.989s and finished at P8.
The Mercedes drivers came in respectively at P5 and P6 with the young German Rosberg maintaining the better position over his older compatriot and seven time Championship winner Michael Schumacher. Rosberg did gain on Vettel in the later laps of the race but was never able to get in front and came in with a time of 2m 00.414s. Schumacher had a decent showing after staying three years away from the track with a time of 2m 00.585s.
Force India had a bad start to the race. Adrian Sutil was placed nicely after performing fairly well at the qualifiers but all went downhill when he was caught behind Webber's Red Bull car and its engine smoke. He was never really able to recover and ended the race in P12 with a time of 1m 59.353s. Vitantonio Liuzzi held on to his nerves and his car to come in P9 with a time of 2m 00.911s with Barrichello breathing down his neck in his Williams.