Vettel wins controversial Bahrain GP
Amid bloody protests, defending double world champion Sebastian Vettel won Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix with a dominant drive in his Red Bull.
The 24-year-old German controlling the race from start to finish.
Vettel claimed his first victory of the season and the 22nd of his career with a near-flawless drive from pole position to the chequered flag to come home ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, and his Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean.
It was Grosjean's first podium finish in Formula One and Raikkonen's fifth and Vettel's first win since the Indian Grand Prix last year.
Australian Mark Webber finished fourth in the second Red Bull, confirming their return to form after a lacklustre start to the year.
Vettel's win lifted him to the top of the drivers' standings with 53 points ahead of Hamilton on 49 and Webber one point behind.
He was the fourth different winner in four races so far in the 2012 season.
Published April 22 2012