Ferrari mechanic suffers double leg break in Raikkonen accident

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Raikkonen's Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel claimed his second victory in as many grands prix after holding off a late surge from Valtteri Bottas, but his triumph will be bittersweet for the famous Italian team. He re-emerged in P3 place with Hamilton inheriting the lead from his teammate. We did not finish the race, so it is not great but this can happens sometimes'.

The energy drink company's other team Toro Rosso celebrated a remarkable day, however, with fourth place for French driver Pierre Gasly.

"I think I came on the radio with ten laps to go, "I have everything under control" - I don't think they broadcast that one", he admitted. He was forced to coast and pull over at the side of the track.

When Verstappen and Hamilton found themselves fighting for position, however, Verstappen's elbows-out racing drove him to make minor contact with Hamilton, leaving the Dutchman with a puncture in his left rear tire.

Vettel now has a 17-point lead over Hamilton after two of 21 races this season.

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Moments later, there were heads on hands in the Red Bull garage as Ricciardo's race came to an end. Despite being on soft tyres while those around him were sporting supersofts, he was soon on the march.

Vettel pitted after 19 laps, passing the lead to Bottas, and rejoining fourth.

While the leaders stayed out, the drivers behind were starting to make a move to pit lane.

Hartley qualified 11th fastest but made contact with Mexican driver Sergio Perez on the opening lap, damaging his front wing and copping a 10-second penalty for the incident. "Communication is really hard when you are trying to catch Vettel".

Raikkonen came in for his second change after 36 of 57 laps of the 5.4-kilometre (3.3-mile) desert circuit.

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Crucially, Mercedes had fitted their man with medium tyres with an eye to running him to the end of the race without a further step.

McLaren endured a disappointing qualifying with neither Fernando Alonso nor Stoffel Vandoorne making it through to the final top-10. I had a lot of people ahead and a long race. Raikkonen was ordered to stop immediately.

A subsequent Ferrari update suggested their pit crew member had sustained a double leg fracture, tempering their joy at a second win of the season for Sebastian Vettel.

The team's hopes now rested with Vettel. The events of Melbourne's strategy mistake were clearly still very much on his mind during a series of increasingly testy and garbled communications with the pit wall. Mercedes lack of pace had been attributed to the overheating of the softer compound tyres, so Bottas' switch to the medium compound was a counterbalance to this.

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