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F1 Paddock Pass: Bahrain Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)

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Another strategic masterpiece from Scuderia Ferrari has seen Sebastian Vettel secure his second win of the 2017 Formula 1 season, in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Meanwhile a mistake upon Lewis Hamilton’s own scheduled pit stop triggered a five-second time penalty he’d need to make up later in the race, and he ultimately came up short of the victory.

Check out these stories and more in the latest post-race edition of Paddock Pass, the NBC Sports Group original digital series, as Will Buxton goes through the paddock to recap the race.

Earlier Paddock Pass shows from the weekend are below:

Beyond the podium runners, some of the other noteworthy items were Fernando Alonso’s continued woes, Max Verstappen’s brake issue, Pascal Wehrlein’s recovery in his first drive of the season, Romain Grosjean delivering Haas its first encore points finish in its history (fifth at Bahrain last year, eighth Sunday) and Daniel Ricciardo singing in his car.

You can see the latest episode of Paddock Pass, below.

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.