FORMULA 1 PRESS RELEASE
Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg made it five wins on the trot with a dominant victory in Sunday’s 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Rosberg took the flag 10 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen after an incident-filled Sakhir race.
Rosberg’s team mate Lewis Hamilton dropped to ninth on the opening lap after Turn 1 contact with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, but in a damaged car fought his way back to secure a lonely final podium place. The second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel failed to start after a suspected engine failure on the formation lap.
With a wide variety of tyre strategies in play, it was action all the way in the fight for the remaining points positions, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo leading the charge in fourth. Romain Grosjean put in another incredible drive for newcomers Haas to finish fifth ahead of Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
A last-lap pass gave Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat P7, but it was a disappointing day for Williams, with Felipe Massa eighth and Valtteri Bottas – who took a drive-through penalty for his lap-one clash with Hamilton – ninth.
Stoffel Vandoorne finished an excellent tenth to score on his race debut with McLaren, standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso.
The other retirements, all with technical issues, were Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez, McLaren’s Jenson Button, and Renault’s Jolyon Palmer who, like Vettel, failed to even start after pulling into the pits at the end of the formation lap.