World champion Lewis Hamilton produced a flawless drive to win an electrifying Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this evening.
The Briton, who started from pole, repeated his success from last season in Bahrain despite experiencing brake issues towards the end. The win was also the second of his Formula One career in Sakhir.
Hamilton won in a total race time of 1hr 35mins 05.809secs. Raikkonen finished 3.380s behind while Rosberg was 6.033s back.
Valtteri Bottas put Williams in fourth place but finished well behind the top three. He was 42.957s behind Hamilton’s winning time.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel started from the front row but could only managed fifth place with a 43.989s gap.
Daniel Ricciardo (+61.751s) was sixth for Red Bull Racing, while Romain Grosjean (+84.763s) of Lotus clinched seventh place.
Classified one lap behind from eighth through 15th place, respectively, were Force India’s Sergio Perez, Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, Williams’ Felipe Massa, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado.
Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi completed the final classification in 16th and 17th place.
Toro Rosso pairing Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz both did not finish, while the horrific weekend of Jenson Button ended in further disappointment as he did not even start the Grand Prix.
A word from the winner
“Thank you to my team; they did an amazing job this weekend. Ferrari gave us a run for our money. Fortunately, I was able to keep the car together. A massive thanks to everyone.” – Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton improved to 93 points as the championship leader. Rosberg follows with 66 and Vettel is third with 65.
Mercedes rose to 159 points, followed by Ferrari with 107 and Williams with 61 points.