Nico Rosberg cruised to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, having passed polesitter Lewis Hamilton on the run down to turn 1.
As was the case in Melbourne, Hamilton made a slow getaway from pole position, leaving him vulnerable at turn 1. A charging Valtteri Bottas dived down the inside, making contact that damaged both cars.
Both cars managed to continue but Bottas was later handed a drive through penalty, ending any possibility of the strong result.
The Hamilton-Bottas clashed allowed Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen to move up to second position - a position he comfortably held until the end of the race.
Hamilton eventually finished in third position, unable to close the gap significantly to Raikkonen on his final stint.
Both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat lost one front wing endplate of their respective Red Bulls on the opening lap, but managed to finish in fourth and seventh places respectively.
Haas’ Romain Grosjean finished an inspired fifth in Bahrain, using an aggressive supersoft/supersoft/supersoft/soft strategy to dismiss claims that his Australia result was entirely down to the timely deployment of safety car.
Max Verstappen finished sixth in the sole remaining Toro Rosso, making his characteristics moves and finishing the race on a set of rapid supersoft compounds.
Felipe Massa was eighth in the lead Williams while Valtteri Bottas recovered enough to finish in ninth place.
Stoffel Vandoorne scored a solitary point on his debut race for McLaren, underlining his driving skills once again.
Renault’s Kevin Magnussen finished just outside of points scoring position in 11th, ahead of the fighting duo of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson and the Manor of Pascal Wehrlein.
Sebastian Vettel failed to start the race after his engine failed on the formation lap, leaving behind a puff of smoke.
by Rachit Thukral