After a solid start, Hamilton controlled the race effortlessly from the front, the only blip in an otherwise regulation race coming from of a slow first pit stop that briefly saw the champion drop back toward the chasing pack. He soon restored order though and eventually took the chequered flag 3.3s ahead of Raikkonen after backing off on the final laps.
Rosberg and Raikkonen, meanwhile, tussled mightily in the closing laps, with Raikkonen working a soft-medium-soft tyre strategy against his rivals choice of mediums for the final stint to erase a 19-second gap to Rosberg in the closing stages. Rosberg pushed hard to defend but brake issues at the end of the race led to the German running wide two laps from home and the Ferrari man swept past to claim an excellent second place.
Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Bahrain. 57 laps, 308.238km., Weather: Dry.
CLASSIFIED: P. DRIVER TEAM TIME 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1h35:05.809 2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari + 3.380 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG + 6.033 4. Valtteri Bottas Williams + 42.957 5. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 43.989 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull + 1:01.751 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus + 1:24.763 8. Sergio Perez Force India + 1 Lap 9. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull + 1 Lap 10. Felipe Massa Williams + 1 Lap 11. Fernando Alonso McLaren + 1 Lap 12. Felipe Nasr Sauber + 1 Lap 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 1 Lap 14. Marcus Ericsson Sauber + 1 Lap 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus + 1 Lap 16. Will Stevens Manor + 2 Laps 17. Roberto Merhi Manor + 3 Laps Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen - 1:36.311 NOT CLASSIFIED: DRIVER TEAM ON LAP Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 34 Carlos Sainz JR. Toro Rosso 30 Jenson Button McLaren not started