Nico Rosberg made fifth conductive victory at Bahrain Grand Prix, five seconds from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton recovering to podium position after his car was hit by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas.
Sebastian Vettel out of the race after engine failure on warm-up lap; Jenson Button retires from ninth. Stoffel Vandoorne set tenth place, with the young Belgian scoring a point on his grand prix debut for McLaren.
Thereafter Rosberg was able to cruise to a victory, following up his success in Melbourne last month. Kimi Raikkonen was second, while Hamilton did make his way up the field to finish third.
McLaren’s Jenson Button, Haas driver Esteban Gutierrez, and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz joined Vettel and Palmer as retirements. However, there was much more fortune for Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who was racing up towards the front of the field all race long with the Williams and Red Bull teammates, despite a couple of sluggish pit stops.
Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line fourth for Red Bull with Romain Grosjean scoring yet more points for newcomers’ Haas following a fifth-placed finish. Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat, Felipe Massa, Bottas, and Stoffel Vandoorne, deputising for Alonso, netting a single point on his grand prix bow, completed the top 10.
“It has been an awesome weekend,” said Rosberg, who moved on to 16 career victories. “The key was the start. I got a great getaway. I was very happy with today and it is absolutely awesome to get another win.”
Hamilton added: “We managed to get it back up there. It was damage limitation. Congratulations to Nico, an easy race for him I assume, but I am glad it was not more points lost as I could have not finished the race.”