It’s a huge victory for Nico Rosberg and the entire Mercedes F1 Racing team. Nico Rosberg has just extended his F1 points lead with huge victory on Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, giving the German 50 points from 50 at the first two races. The race is Rosberg’s fifth successive victory, which gives him a 17-point title lead over Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton.
Taking advantage of a slow start from his Mercedes teammate, Rosberg quickly jumped ahead of Hamilton at the start before Hamilton suffered a collision.
Defending F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari Racing team has no response for Rosberg’s pace up front, although the Ferrari racer managed to get within 4 seconds after the final round of pitstops after Rosberg suffered a slow stop. But Raikkonen made a huge mistake in the race, he failed to keep Hamilton at bay.
The reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen was only a few seconds behind the pack leader Rosberg. Raikonen has suffered front wing damage at the start but recovered to continue the race, making his way back on the track to grab third and remain within 17 points of behind the rival Rosberg.
Rosberg has a solid lead in the early stages and managed to maintain it during the first round of pit-stops, as Raikkonen reached the second and Hamilton took the third spot. Raikkonen tried to close the gap after two slower stops for Rosberg, but the German racer was quick to respond and managed to edge his lead out for 10 seconds.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo damaged his front wing at the first corner but managed to get back and finish fourth, just ahead of Haas Racing’s Romain Grosjean.
Williams’ Valtteri Bottas hit Hamilton into a half spin at Turn 1, damaging the side pod and dropping Hamilton to ninth.
Rosberg led lap one from Felipe Massa, Valtteri Bottas, Daniel Ricciardo, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean. Teammate Hamilton quickly recovered to seventh, and then passed Williams’ Romain Grosjean at Turn 1 for sixth.
Ferrari’s Raikkonen passed Daniel Ricciardo for fourth around the outside at Turn 4, and Ricciardo soon dived for the pits.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat made a late move to pass Bottas for eighth and pulled a last-lap pass on Williams’ Felipe Massa to snatch seventh. McLaren’s rookie Stoffel Vandoorne made his Grand Pix debut, scoring a point in tenth.
Sergio Perez of Force India hits Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso at Turn 1 on lap two, giving Sainz a rear puncture. Sainz tried to get back, but later reported that he “couldn’t turn right and stopped after half distance.
The Sauber duo, Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, have almost collided on lap three, but managed to continue their good run throughout the first half of the race. Ericsson pulled well ahead of teammate Nasr to finish 12th. The two have been locked in battle with Renault’s
Kevin Magnessun in the closing laps. But Magnessun won that terrible battle and managed to finish 11th. Magnessun’s teammate Jolyon Palmer didn’t make it to the final, Palmer retired at the end of the warm-up lap due to hydraulic failure.
McLaren’s Jenson Button also retired on lap eleven due to ERS failure, while Esteban Gutierrez of Haas F1 team went out on lap 10 with another hybrid-related problem.
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