Sebastian Vettel soars clear as he takes Bahrain Grand Prix

Starting second, Vettel took the lead on lap three and then controlled the 57-laps race as he came home 9.1 seconds clear of nearest rival and 2007 champion Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus.

updated: April 21, 2013 20:57 IST
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Bahrain: Defending triple world champion Sebastian Vettel opened up a clear lead at the top of this year's title race on Sunday when he cruised to victory for Red Bull in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The race finished without any disruption amid tight security and despite earlier clashes between police and Shiite protesters in villages in the Gulf kingdom.

Vettel - who beat Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in a repeat of last year's finishing order - proved himself as a master of the conditions in a hot and dusty desert contest.

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