HAMILTON BEATS RAIKKONEN TO BAHRAIN GP VICTORY

By Daniel Wilson.

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix, beating Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Nico Rosberg to extend his lead in the world championship.

The British driver led from start to finish but a split strategy by Raikkonen and a brake-by-wire problem for the Mercedes team made for a worrying climax, and relegated Rosberg to third.

Lewis Hamilton cruised to his 36th career win - five behind idol Ayrton Senna.
Lewis Hamilton cruised to his 36th career win – five behind idol Ayrton Senna.

Sebastian Vettel seemed off colour as numerous mistakes forced him into a front-wing change, and saw him finish fifth behind Williams’ Valterri Bottas.

Daniel Ricciardo drove a fairly lonely race to finish sixth, but Red Bull’s engine woes continued as the Australian’s power unit blew out as he crossed the line.

Pressure on Red Bull and Renault increased as Daniel Ricciardo's third engine blows up.
Pressure on Red Bull and Renault increased as Daniel Ricciardo’s third engine blows up.

Ricciardo’s teammate Daniil Kvyat recovered to ninth behind Romain Grosjean and Sergio Perez who brought home valuable points for Lotus and Force India.

Felipe Massa earned a well deserved point as an electrical problem on the grid forced him to start from the pit lane.

Fernando Alonso put in a good performance to come home 11th ahead of the two Sauber’s of Nasr and Ericcson, but an ERS problem for Jenson Button concluded a miserable weekend for him as he was unable to start the race.

Kimi Raikkonen was my driver of the day with a superb soft-tyre chase.
Kimi Raikkonen was my driver of the day with a superb soft-tyre chase.

The result leaves Hamilton 27 points clear of his teammate in the world championship after taking 93 out of 100 points this season.

Rosberg yet again admitted he couldn’t catch Lewis as he continues a disappointing run, having taken only one win in the last 12 races.

So, as the F1 circus heads back for the start of the European season in three weeks, can Ferrari continue their challenge against Mercedes in cooler conditions?

Has Lewis got one hand on this year’s title already?

Is Kimi Raikkonen back to his best?

What can Red Bull do from here?

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