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Red Bull Racing - Bahrain GP Race

RED BULL RACING WINS! AND RENAULT SCORES TOP FOUR.

Car 1 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Finish Position: WINNER! Start Position: 1st
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"It was an incredible race, extremely tough. A good start was crucial and I was able to pull away from the pack, which was a big advantage as we always had to go on scrubbed tyres due to the fact we had used almost all of them in qualifying yesterday. Kimi was very quick and so was Grosjean. But everything seemed to work well today; strategy was good and I can only say a big thank you to the whole team and the guys in the garage. I said it yesterday, but they have done an incredible job over the last four races, the amount of work they had to do was so much. We asked them for this and for that, for tweaks here and there and they came with new parts, then old parts, then news parts again, back and forth and spent a lot of time in the garage trying to get the car to our liking. But we got there. I was very happy with qualifying today and all throughout the race. Kimi was fast today and it was close, but I am extremely happy and very proud of the team."

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Car 2 MARK WEBBER, Finish Position: 4th, Start Position: 3rd
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"It wasn’t a bad start. I didn’t have KERS for the first lap, so it was difficult to put pressure on Lewis, but then I got it back. In the first two stints, I couldn’t stay with those guys - the two Lotus’ and Seb - so I had to consolidate from there. Lotus has a tidy car and when everything comes together, it works well - they did a good job today and it shows how tight the Championship is; there have been four different winners. I got some good points today and both drivers and Red Bull Racing are doing well in the Championships. It wasn’t the most exciting race for me, but it’s been a good start to the Championship. I’m looking forward to getting back to racing in Europe."

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CHRISTIAN HORNER, Team Principal: “A great performance today. After a good get away from pole, Sebastian settled in to the race and had a very strong first stint. The challenge today, having been high on consumption of our tyres yesterday, was that we needed to get more out of them today. Seb did a masterful job of keeping the life in the tyres and making the three stop strategy work, we made the calls at the exactly the right time. It was great pit work today with some super stops and a tight race with Kimi, especially approaching the final stop – it was crucial to get that right. With a great performance from the pit crew, we actually managed to win a second in the pit lane. It was a great result with Mark as well. It’s his fourth successive fourth place finish. Again, having used more tyres yesterday than some of our competitors, they were able to profit from fresher tyres being available, but he drove a good race to finish in P4 and gain vital points for him and the team and we now lead both Championships. Congratulations to Lotus on their very strong performance today and double podium finish, which also means that Renault engines finished one, two, three and four.”

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CYRIL DUMONT, Renault: “It was fantastic today. We made a really solid race with a good start and after that we just had to manage the first position for Sebastian. For Renault, it’s a fantastic result, and I think we have to go back 15 years to find the last quadruple top finish in F1. The last was in ’97, so I would like to congratulate everyone from Viry, from Renault and from Mechachrome for a very good job.”

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Lotus F1 - Bahrain GP Race 22/04/2012 6:06pm

Lotus F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.lotusf1team.com

April 22nd 2012

We’ve Only Just Begun – Bahrain Grand Prix, Sunday 22nd April 2012.

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Number of cups of espresso served by Pirelli hospitality during the season (incl tests): 43,250

Ferrari - Bahrain GP Race

www.Ferrari.it

April 22nd 2012

Only eight points in the bag for Scuderia Ferrari come the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the fourth round of this year’s World Championship.

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Total average number of stops per race: 58.4, i.e. 2.25 per driver

Pirelli - Bahrain GP Race

www.pirelli.com

April 22nd 2012

TYRES HOLD THE KEY TO VETTEL’S VICTORY IN BAHRAIN.

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Hottest track/ground temperatures Pirelli P Zero tyres have run: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at 43 degrees Celsius; hottest overall: Abu Dhabi Young Driver Test 49 degrees Celsius

Marussia F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.marussiaf1team.com

April 22nd 2012

DOWN IN THE DUNES! Bahrain Grand Prix - The Race.

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Total number of F1 drivers to have driven on P Zero compounds: 57 (including third drivers and young drivers)

Force India F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.ForceIndiaF1.com

April 22nd 2012

Paul Di Resta delivered a superb performance in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix to finish in sixth place as he maximised an opportunistic two-stop strategy. Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg completed the race in P12.

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Number of overtaking manoeuvres (most in World Championship history): 1120 (after Abu Dhabi)

Mercedes AMG - Bahrain GP Race

www.mercedes-amg-f1.com

April 22nd 2012

Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher both scored points in the Bahrain Grand Prix today as the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS pair finished the 57-lap race in fifth and tenth places respectively.

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Highest speed reached by a P Zero F1 tyre: 349.2 kph (Sergio Perez in Monza Qualifying)

Williams F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.WilliamsF1.com

April 22nd 2012

It was a disappointing day for Williams with both cars retiring before the end of the 57 lap race.

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Number of hours that Paul Hembery has been interviewed at GP events: 61 hrs, 25 min

McLaren F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.McLaren.com

April 22nd 2012

“A pretty difficult weekend for the whole team”

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Most laps led on Pirelli tyres: 739 (Sebastian Vettel)

Hispania Racing - Bahrain GP Race

www.hispaniaf1team.com

April 22nd 2012

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir. Sunday, 22nd of April 2012. Weather: Sunny - Air28 ºC, Track 33ºC. Race: 57 laps – Track distance: 5.412 km.

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Total number of languages within the Pirelli F1 team: 14

Sauber F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.sauberf1team.com

April 22nd 2012

Weather: dry and overcast, 27°C air, 29-32°C track

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Number of tyres recycled during 2011: All, i.e. 28,600 race tyres plus 6,000 test tyres

Toro Rosso - Bahrain GP Race

www.ToroRosso.com

April 22nd 2012

"From our perspective, we encountered no problems, neither at the race track nor in Manama." - Franz Tost.

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Number of people required to put up and take down Pirelli's hospitality unit in Europe: 6

Caterham F1 - Bahrain GP Race

www.caterhamf1.com

April 22nd 2012

"We can be pleased with today’s performance from both cars." - Mark Smith.

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Total number of tyres provided for the season (dry and wets): Race tyres: 24,000 dry tyres; 4,600 wet tyres plus an additional 6,000 for the tests