A mid-race switch of strategies and a superb late charge lifted Kimi Raikkonen to second place under the Bahrain floodlights, ending the longest podium-free run in the Finn's F1 career.
Raikkonen had not reached the rostrum since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix which was a full 27 races ago when he was still racing for Lotus. Rather fitting then that the Bahrain podium was his 27th for Ferrari (78th overall) and his first since rejoining the Prancing Horse at the beginning of 2014.
Incidentally, Raikkonen already held the record for the most podium finishes in Bahrain, and has now increased his Sakhir tally to seven - though he's still yet to reach the top step.
The 2007 world champion also notched the race's fastest lap for the 41st time in his career, moving him level with Alain Prost for a tie of second on the all-time list.
The Finn crossed the line 3 seconds behind the Mercedes of race winner Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg took the final step on the podium and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth, spending much of the race trying to pass Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Now the Formula 1 circus has a three-week break before the action resumes at the first European leg of the 2015 Championship, the Spanish Grand Prix at the Barcelona circuit.
First Grand Prix -
Number of Laps - 57
Circuit Length - 5.412KM
Race Distance - 308.238KM
Lap Record - 1:31.447 by Pedro de la Rosa (2005)
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