Lewis Hamilton took a controlled win in the Bahrain Grand Prix as team mate Nico Rosberg was beaten to second by Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton led from the start and was always in control as he took his third victory in four races this season. Rosberg battled the Ferraris throughout and lost second to Raikkonen with a braking problem with laps to go.
Ferrari Sebastian Vettel wrecked his podium chances by going off the track and damaging his car while racing Rosberg. Raikkonen, who nipped past Rosberg at the start of the lap when the German ran too deep into Turn One, put in an impressive drive on an alternative tyre strategy to move up from fourth place on the grid. But Hamilton was out of reach at the front under the lights at the Sakhir track on a windy desert night.
Mercedes had expected a challenge from Ferrari during the race but Hamilton after converting Pole position into a lead at the first corner was always in control as he set about building a lead while also protecting his tyres. Rosberg dropped to fourth at the start from third place on the grid but set about quickly disappointing the Ferraris, passing Raikkonen on lap four and Vettel four laps later.
Behind the top three, Bottas managed to hold off Vettel for fourth despite heavy pressure in the closing laps. Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo took sixth place despite his engine exploding as he headed for the finish line, ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and Force India Sergio Perez. The final two point’s places were taken Red Bull Daniil Kvyat, who drove well to rise up from 17th on the grid. Fernando Alonso just missed out on McLaren Honda first points with 11th place, fending off Felipe Nasr’s Sauber in the closing gaps.