SAKHIR, Bahrain — Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to victory after an epic race-long battle under the Bahrain floodlights on Sunday night to win the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir Int’l Circuit.
Hamilton started outside the front row and beat Rosberg to the checkered flag by one-second as the teammates swept the top two spots on the podium and won for the third time in three races this season.
It was Hamilton’s second consecutive victory.
“Nico drove fantastically well throughout the race; very fair and it was very, very hard to keep him behind, particularly at the end,” Hamilton said. “I had built a gap, that was OK, but he was very fast on the option time so I was on the knife edge the whole time and a real relief when I got across the line.”
Rosberg wasn’t happy with finishing second, but enjoyed the race.
“I strongly dislike coming second to Lewis, that’s really not something I enjoy doing but on the other hand it was definitely the most exciting race I’ve ever done in my whole career,” Rosberg said. “I hope we were able to give all of you fantastic racing in front of the TV. Today was a day for the sport. We put on a massive show as team Silver Arrows so I hope you had a lot of fun in front of the TV and I’ll be back next race to take the win.”
Sergio Perez drove his Force India-Mercedes from 11th on the grid to finish third, 24 seconds behind Hamilton.
“This podium is very special for me guys, I told you already on the radio. This is only my third race for the team and it was a really, really good one,” Perez said. “The strategy was really close for us. It was looking a lot easier until the safety car came because when the safety car came in we were going on two stops so the people behind, the Red Bulls, they were on there stops but we managed to keep it just to the end; one more lap I couldn’t manage to keep him back.”
Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull, while Perez’s teammate, Nico Hulkenberg, came home fifth.
Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was sixth in the second Red Bull entry.
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