Race Notes – Hamilton takes Bahrain GP

Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes GP won the Bahrain Grand Prix tonight after a hard faught battle in which Max Verstappen lead most of the race. Verstappen in his Red Bull-Honda was second, 0.745 seconds behind the winner, Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes finished third, 37.383s behind the winner. Verstappen starting on pole, Hamilton on the outside of the front row, Bottas and Leclerc on row two, Gasly and Ricciardo on row three, Norris and Sainz on row four, and Alonso and Stroll rounding out the top ten. Verstappen reports some kind of problem getting on the throttle. On lap 17 Verstappen pits for medium tyres and rejoins in second place behind Hamilton. At lap 20 Hamilton leads Verstappen by 4.7 seconds followed by Bottas (8.0s), Norris (20.8s), Leclerc (23.9s), Ricciardo (28.9s), Stroll (32.4s), Sainz (35.4s), Perez (37.2s) and Alonso (39.5s) in tenth place. On lap 29 Hamilton pits from the lead for another set of hard tyres and rejoins third. On lap 35 Verstappen leads Hamilton by 17.0 seconds, followed by Bottas (33.0s), Perez (41,6s), Sainz (49.9s), Norris (54.9s), Leclerc (57.3s), Ricciardo (1m03.5s), Stroll (1m05.4s) and Raikkonen (1m18.3s) in tenth place. Verstappen pits from the lead for hard tyres, and rejoins in second behind Hamilton, who has a 7-second lead with 15 laps left. Verstappen is slowing closing up on Hamilton and sets a fast lap of 1m33.228s. Verstappen continues to chase with a half second between them.

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