2014 BAHRAIN GP: BRAVE HAMILTON AND MERCEDES AMG, ROSBERG BEATEN IN FAIR FIGHT

Lewis Hamilton took victory by the narrowest of margins in this evening’s Bahrain Grand Prix after an enthralling race-long battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg. A second consecutive one-two finish for the Silver Arrows saw the team extend its lead at the top of the Constructors’ Championship. Lewis claimed his 24th Formula One career victory and his third for Mercedes AMG. Mercedes-Benz powered cars occupied all three podium places and six of the top 10 positions.

Lewis Hamilton: "What an incredible day. That was a really tough race tonight and I am absolutely delighted to have come home with the win. It’s a long time since I had a race like that! My weekend started off well but I didn’t really have great pace for qualifying and the race. I knew that I needed a good start and to go into the first corner in the lead was crucial to my race this evening. From there, it was such a battle. Nico drove fantastically well and, in all honesty, he had the pace on me today but I managed to hold on. I knew when the safety car came out that Nico would be on the option tyres and that he would be quick. To try and stay ahead of him was so hard and when I came across the line I was just so relieved. When you’re racing your team-mate, the pressure is really intense and we both knew that we had to bring the cars home for the team and for the championship. All credit to the team for allowing us to race and I hope the fans loved the show that we were able to put on tonight. A big thank you to the team, especially to my engineers for all the information they were giving me during the race, and to everyone here and back at the factories for all their hard work. Another one-two is just fantastic for us. I’m also very proud to have joined Fangio with 24 Grand Prix wins today, he’s one of the great racers of all time so that’s a real honour."

Nico Rosberg: "It was a great battle out there this evening with Lewis and this kind of race is exactly why I am in Formula One; I love to race like today. Of course, it’s very disappointing to have finished second in the end but I gave it everything and it just didn't quite come off for me. Lewis did a great job defending his position and, so often when I did manage to get past, I then couldn't see him in the blind spot in my mirrors. Our strategy was good and to change it after the first stint was a decision that I made with the team. It was a slightly slower strategy but it gave me the best chance of catching Lewis at the end on the option tyres. The difference between the prime and the option was not as big as we expected however and that's why I didn’t quite manage to get by. The positive must be that this was a great day for Formula One. The race was a fantastic show and hopefully it proves that the critics of our new technology are wrong. I can't wait for China now and I want to end up on the top step there."

Sergio Perez: "This podium is an amazing achievement and one of the most special results in my whole career. This is a massive confidence boost, especially after the very hard season I had last year, and it was the hardest-fought podium I ever had. It was an amazing feeling to cross the line because the last few laps were very difficult. I had to keep up the pace and I knew the Red Bulls were coming. In the end we managed to stay ahead and score this very special result in only my third race with the team. I also had a great fight with my teammate during the whole race. When he got ahead of me after the first stop, I tried to keep my head down to get back ahead. I managed to do that when we were fighting with the Williams and that was the crucial moment."
 P.    Driver              Team                 Time/Gap 
 1. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG          1h38m42.743
 2. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG           +    1.085
 3. Sergio Perez        Force India            +   24.067
 4. Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull               +   24.489
 5. Nico Hulkenberg     Force India            +   28.654
 6. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull               +   29.879
 7. Felipe Massa        Williams               +   31.200
 8. Valtteri Bottas     Williams               +   31.800
 9. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari                +   32.500
10. Kimi Raikkonen      Ferrari                +   33.400
11. Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso             +   41.300
12. Romain Grosjean     Lotus                  +   43.100
13. Max Chilton         Marussia               +   59.900
14. Pastor Maldonado    Lotus                  + 1:02.800
15. Kamui Kobayashi     Caterham               + 1:27.900
16. Jules Bianchi       Marussia               +    1 lap
17. Jenson Button       McLaren                +   2 laps

Not classified/Retirements:                              
Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull       49 laps
Kevin Magnussen     McLaren        40 laps
Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber         39 laps
Marcus Ericsson     Caterham       33 laps
Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso     18 laps
Adrian Sutil        Sauber         17 laps

Fastest Lap: Nico Rosberg 1:37.020                       

After 3 races:
 Driver:                     Constructor:                
 1. Nico Rosberg       61    1. Mercedes AMG   111
 2. Lewis Hamilton     50    2. Force India     44 
 3. Nico Hulkenberg    28    3. McLaren         43
 4. Fernando Alonso    26    4. Red Bul         35  
 5. Jenson Button      23    5. Ferrari         33  
 6. Sebastian Vettel   23    6. Williams        30
 7. Kevin Magnussen    20    7. Toro Rosso       7
 8. Valtteri Bottas    18  
 9. Sergio Perez       16  
10. Daniel Ricciardo   12  
11. Felipe Massa       12  
12. Kimi Raikkonen     7  
13. Jean-Eric Vergne   4  
14. Daniil Kvyat       3