After going an entire season without winning a single race, Sebastian Vettel has proven he is a top competitor in Formula 1 by winning his second Grand Prix of 2017. This not only puts him in the lead over the 4-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, but it also pushed Ferrari ahead of Mercedes in the Constructor standings.
Mercedes started off strong as Valtteri Bottas took his first Formula 1 pole going into the Bahrain Grand Prix. However, Vettel was able to overtake Hamilton before the first turn and held strong. Ferrari then had Vettel pit early on to put him on the super soft tires which ended up being the strong choice in the long run.
Both Mercedes drivers pitted at the same time, which cost the team time as they had yet to finish with Bottas before Hamilton had arrived. On top of this, Hamilton gained a 5-second penalty for unnecessarily slowing down in front of Daniel Ricciardo going into the pit-lane.
Sebastian Vettel was able to hold on to the race after that point to win another Grand Prix after Australia. Hamilton pushed past his teammate to finish second, and Bottas completed the podium finishing in third.
Kimi Raikkonen just missed the podium again, coming in fourth place. However, his consistency could help keep Ferrari in competition for the Constructor Championship for the remainder of the season.
The day proved to be difficult for Red Bull Racing. Daniel Ricciardo was only able to nab the fifth spot, gaining him 10 points, and Max Verstappen had a brake failure which ended his day early. Their inability to compete with Ferrari this year may prevent them taking home a Grand Prix, and could leave the team in third place.
Clearly, the competition is on between Ferrari and Mercedes as they continue to trade victories. However, Mercedes will need to prevent strategic errors from occurring further, being that it has cost them two victories this season.