Reigning Champion Lewis Hamilton scored his first win at the Bahrain Grand Prix in Manama, Round 2 of the Formula 1 World Championships. Ir was Hamilton’s third win at the desert track. Team mate Valtteri Bottas came home second, and together with Hamilton, claimed Mercedes’ 1000th point in F1. With second place, Bottas continues to lead the drivers standings with 44 points, just a point up on Hamilton.
Ferrari’s rookie Charles LeClerc who took his very pole on Saturday controlled the race from the start, but an engine issue would force a more careful drive and nearly cost him a podium spot. He would finish behind the Mercedes cars.
In the Constructors, no one could touch Mercedes with 87 points. Ferrari is closest with 48 points.
Mercedes cars didn’t have the best of starts as they started from row 2. The front group were the Ferraris, Mercedes and a Red Bull. Vettel led from Bottas and LeClerc at the start. It was a Ferrari 1 – 2 moments later as LeClerc jumped ahead After the stop, Mercedes cars took the top spot from the Ferraris and never looked back.
Bad news came when LeClerc’s car had an engine fault and couldn’t go max speed on the straights, during the most critical stage of the race. He struggled to keep the car in place but drifted further and further away from the Mercedes cars. Verstappen closed in for the bite in the last laps, but a safety car period due to the stranded Renaults at the end of the race saved LeClerc’s podium spot as Verstappen had clamped him down for the third spot. Vettel, too, had a disappointing race after losing positions and ended up fifth.
Lando Norris took sixth from Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen The second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly was eighth, followed by Alexander Albon, ninth, and Sergio Perez, tenth.
F1 Bahrrain Grand Prix results
1 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:34:21.295
2 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES +2.980s
3 Charles Leclerc FERRARI +6.131s
4 Max Verstappen RED BULL +6.408s
5 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI +36.068s
6 Lando Norris MCLAREN +45.754s
7 Kimi Räikkönen ALFA ROMEO +47.470s
8 Pierre Gasly RED BULL +58.094s
9 Alexander Albon TORO ROSSO +62.697s
10 Sergio Perez BWT +63.696s
1 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 44
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 43
3 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING 27
4 Charles Leclerc MON FERRARI 26
5 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 22
6 Kimi Räikkönen FIN ALFA ROMEO 10
7 Lando Norris GBR MCLAREN RENAULT 8
8 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS FERRARI 8
9 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 6
10 Pierre Gasly FRA RED BULL RACING 4