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Montrelle Montesinos | 20 Abril, 2017, 13:45

"The vehicle was really unbelievable to drive", Vettel said.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, steers his auto during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. On that occasion, Hamilton would edge Rosberg in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel fight where they somehow managed to avoid colliding with each other, though later incidents between the two that did result in contact eventually led Mercedes to step in and warn the drivers about their conduct.

"We have a bit to do at the tests", Hamilton said before his return on the Sakhir Circuit which hosted the Bahrain GP on Sunday.

- Only one of Vettel's five wins for Ferrari has been from pole (Singapore 2015).

Capital Governorate: Lewis Hamilton took the blame for the five-second penalty that upset his bid to win Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, but added that he was not certain he had the speed for victory.

"It is, of course, hugely satisfying to be back on the top step of the podium", Sergio Marchionne said.

"Hopefully that sort of success now in the first couple of races helps us to build up some sort of momentum that maybe these guys (Mercedes) had in the past and the last couple of years, so they will be the ones to beat".

Mercedes had not responded to Ferrari pitting Sebastian Vettel early from second place, but was moved to call in both its drivers under the safety vehicle.

"The last half of the in-lap (after the finish) when all the fireworks were there and track was lit up, it was "I just love what I do". "The team is weaker than it was a year ago".

Mercedes also suffered during the pit stops, with a loss of power in the garage preventing the team from using its wheel guns properly.

The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia. "And it's only when the moment comes, you realize if you're not changing anything, you're going to lose the race, that is the moment when you have to make that unpopular call".

As Sunday's race was drawing to a close under floodlights, Hamilton was catching fast but ran out of time and finished nearly seven seconds behind.

First place Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany receives the trophy after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, Aprill 17, 2017.

"The vehicle was a dream today ... the last half of the in-lap with the fireworks & the track lit up, I just thought I love what I do", he added. "I tried my hardest to catch up but it was a long old way to go", Hamilton said.

Hamilton's new Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas finished third, after starting from his maiden pole position, ahead of compatriot Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari and fifth-placed Australian Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton, who entered the pits soon after slowed down in the pit lane so as to allow Mercedes enough time to send Bottas on his way before Lewis came along. "Losing points for the team is definitely painful". Max Verstappen crashed due to a brake failure in his 12th lap shortly after making a pit-stop.

"If you look at 20 races past year you could say five or maybe more, there's a handful that weren't ideal but then others were awesome".