Lewis Hamilton held off Kimi Raikkonen to claim victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday. Hamilton led from start to finish and extended his Drivers’ Championship lead to 93 points. Nico Rosberg came in third behind Raikkonen as Mercedes lead in the Constructors’ leaderboard continues to grow.
Late drama ensued as the brakes of both Mercedes drivers failed. Hamilton held on to first but Raikkonen took advantage and sneaked past Rosberg to finish second. Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished fourth after resisting a late attack from German Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari. Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished sixth for Red Bull with his engine blowing up as he crossed the line ahead of Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus and Mexican Sergio Perez of Force India.
Russian Daniil Kvyat in the second Red Bull was ninth and Brazilian Felipe Massa finished 10th to complete the scorers list. “Another day and another podium finish for Hamilton and Mercedes” is becoming something of a slogan for this Formula One season. Whether it is in-house fighting or on-track dominance the Mercedes team’s stranglehold this season shows no signs of slipping away but credit to Ferrari who seem hell bent on fighting them all the way.
At the other end of the grid there was some bad news for McLaren fans as the team failed to get Jenson Button’s car ready for the start due to electronic problems.