Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain, April 6th 2014

Positions at race end

  • 1st: Lewis Hamilton
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 2nd: Nico Rosberg
    Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 3rd: Sergio Pérez
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 4th: Daniel Ricciardo
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 5th: Nico Hülkenberg
    Sahara Force India F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 6th: Sebastian Vettel
    Infiniti Red Bull Racing
    Pit stops: 2

  • 7th: Felipe Massa
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 8th: Valtteri Bottas
    Williams Martini Racing
    Pit stops: 3

  • 9th: Fernando Alonso
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3

  • 10th: Kimi Räikkönen
    Scuderia Ferrari
    Pit stops: 3

  • 11th: Daniil Kvyat
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3

  • 12th: Romain Grosjean
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 13th: Max Chilton
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3

  • 14th: Pastor Maldonado
    Lotus F1 Team
    Pit stops: 4

  • 15th: Kamui Kobayashi
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2

  • 16th: Jules Bianchi
    Marussia F1 Team
    Pit stops: 5
    1 LAP(s)

  • 17th: Jenson Button
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    +2 LAP(s)s

  • 18th: Kevin Magnussen
    McLaren Mercedes
    Pit stops: 3
    +17 LAP(s)s

  • 19th: Esteban Gutièrrez
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +18 LAP(s)s

  • 20th: Marcus Ericsson
    Caterham F1 Team
    Pit stops: 2
    +24 LAP(s)s

  • 21st: Jean-Éric Vergne
    Scuderia Toro Rosso
    Pit stops: 3
    +39 LAP(s)s

  • 22nd: Adrian Sutil
    Sauber F1 Team
    Pit stops: 3
    +40 LAP(s)s


Race report

Lewis Hamilton emerged on top in a compelling race-long duel with team-mate Nico Rosberg in an epic Bahrain GP.

Hamilton claimed back-to-back wins as the gloves came off for the first time between the two championship favourites and F1 2014 definitively came alive.

After a build-up to the race dominated by debates and arguments in the paddock by some of F1's most influential figures over the sport's controversial new era of quieter engines and fuel efficiency, the thrilling action served up over the course over the 57 laps of racing around a floodlit Sakhir provided the first contrary evidence suggesting perhaps not too much is wrong with the sport's 'rules reset' after all.

In a race characterised by wheel-to-wheel duels between team-mates, Hamilton seized the lead from polesitter Rosberg into the first corner and then just about held on to the chequered flag despite several periods of concerted pressure from the sister Mercedes.

Despite the close nature of their combat, first on laps 17-18 when Rosberg twice briefly retook the lead only for Hamilton to swipe back in front and then late on after a Safety Car had wiped out Hamilton's mid-race advantage, the two W05s just about kept stayed clear of contact and Hamilton eventually took the chequered flag by exactly one second to secure his first consecutive wins since 2010.

Rosberg, with two second places since his season-opening victory in Melbourne, still holds the championship lead, but Hamilton has closed the deficit to 11 points and, with two victories over his team-mate inside a week, perhaps gained the early psychological edge in what is currently an exclusive battle for honours at the front of the field.

But while the two Mercedes drivers, as expected, were in a race of their own, the action behind was equally as thrilling as several other pairs of team-mates probably caused their respective pitwalls no end of angst.

That was certainly the case at Force India as Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg, recovering from his Q2 exit on Saturday, waged their own duel for much of the race for third place. The scrap was eventually won by Perez as the Mexican, after a near anonymous start to 2014, secured just Force India's second podium finish - and their first since 2009.

Hulkenberg eventually finished two places behind his team-mate in fifth after he was overtaken by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo late on, the Australian making up for a succession of disappointments at the start of the season to finally officially register his first points for the World Champions with fourth.

Not only did the Australian recover from his 13th-place grid position, he overtook quadruple World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel for the position late on, the German complaining over the radio of a lack of straight-line speed from his RB10.

The Williams pair had, for much of the race, run higher up the order - largely thanks to a storming start from Felipe Massa while vaulted the Brazilian behind the Mercedes pair into Turn One.

But with the FW36 experiencing higher tyre wear to the cars ahead which necessitated that both drivers stopped three times, Massa and Valtteri Bottas eventually came home in seventh and eighth respectively.

As in Malaysia, the pair finished less than a second apart, but after the team orders row of seven days ago, Williams appeared to wisely let their drivers race to the chequered flag this time.

Completing the near-'Noah's Ark' nature of the top ten, Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen came home ninth and tenth respectively. On the day the team's President Luca di Montezemolo arrived in the paddock to air his grievances over the sport's new era, the result provided more depressing evidence for the Scuderia that its a formula they are a long way from mastering.

Qualification - Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain, April 5th 2014

1Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:33.185
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team+0.279s
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing+0.866s
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing+1.062s
5Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team+1.161s
6Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari+1.183s
7Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes+1.202s
8Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing+1.326s
9Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes+1.527s
10Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari+1.807s
11Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing+1.800s
12Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team+1.931s
13Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso+1.960s
14Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso+2.101s
15Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team+2.706s
16Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team+2.723s
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+3.478s
18Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team+3.655s
19Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+3.900s
20Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team+4.125s
21Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team+4.690s
22Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team+4.728s

Driver Standings

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team384
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team317
3Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing238
4Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing186
5Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing167
6Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari161
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing134
8Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes126
9Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team96
10Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team59
11Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes55
12Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari55
13Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso22
14Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team8
15Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso8
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team2
17Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team2
18Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team0
19Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team0
20Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team0
21Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team0
22Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team0
23Andre LottererDEUCaterham F1 Team0
24Will StevensGBRCaterham F1 Team0

Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain, April 6th 2014

1Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:39:42.743
2Nico RosbergDEUMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team01.085
3Sergio PérezMEXSahara Force India F1 Team24.067
4Daniel RicciardoAUSInfiniti Red Bull Racing24.489
5Nico HülkenbergDEUSahara Force India F1 Team28.654
6Sebastian VettelDEUInfiniti Red Bull Racing29.879
7Felipe MassaBRAWilliams Martini Racing31.265
8Valtteri BottasFINWilliams Martini Racing31.876
9Fernando AlonsoESPScuderia Ferrari32.595
10Kimi RäikkönenFINScuderia Ferrari33.462
11Daniil KvyatRUSScuderia Toro Rosso41.342
12Romain GrosjeanFRALotus F1 Team43.143
13Max ChiltonGBRMarussia F1 Team59.909
14Pastor MaldonadoVENLotus F1 Team+1:02.803
15Kamui KobayashiJPNCaterham F1 Team+1:27.900
16Jules BianchiFRAMarussia F1 Team1 lap(s)
17Jenson ButtonGBRMcLaren Mercedes2 lap(s)
18Kevin MagnussenDANMcLaren Mercedes17 lap(s)
19Esteban GutièrrezMEXSauber F1 Team18 lap(s)
20Marcus EricssonSWECaterham F1 Team24 lap(s)
21Jean-Éric VergneFRAScuderia Toro Rosso39 lap(s)
22Adrian SutilDEUSauber F1 Team40 lap(s)