MANAMA, Bahrain, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Formula One driver and two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel raced to the finish of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix yesterday, winning Red Bull's first race of the season and bringing the Grand Prix to a successful completion.
Vettel led the race from start to finish, while Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen maneuvered his way up from an 11th place start to finish second.
"It was an incredible race," Vettel said.
Boosted security efforts, including extra security checkpoints, ensured that the race at Bahrain International Circuit went off without a hitch. The claims that Bahrain lacked sufficient security for the race did not match reality, Vettel said.
"I was not the only winner of the race. Bahrain also won in triumphing over the unrealistic claims," Vettel told Germany's RTL channel.
After the race, His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, presented the trophy to Vettel and thanked organizers and participants for making the event a success. The Crown Prince was instrumental in bringing the first Formula One race in the Middle East to Bahrain in 2004.
SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain