Hamilton hails "exciting" win

Lewis Hamilton survived a pulsating battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to clinch back-to-back win for the first time in four years.

Despite all the negativity that has swirled around Formula One this season, what unfolded at the Bahrain International Circuit was a humdinger of a race.

Mercedes were utterly dominant, crushing their rivals into the desert sand that surrounds what is now an illuminated citadel of speed as the track staged its first night race to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

After clinching his first victory in Bahrain, Hamilton said: "I'm so grateful for the team to help me claim this win.

"It was exciting. Nico drove fantastically well, very fair, and it was hard to keep him behind at the end. I was on a knife edge the whole time.

"It was a relief when I crossed the line."

Despite the fact he was runner-up for the second consecutive race, with the gap between him and Hamilton now just 11 points, Rosberg expressed sentiments for anybody who had watched the race.

"I strongly dislike coming second to Lewis, but on the other hand that was the most exciting race I've ever had in my career," said Rosberg.

"Today was a great day for the sport, and hopefully you had a lot of fun watching on television."