Mercedes-Benz’s Nico Rosberg drove to his fifth consecutive victory in Sunday’s 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing just ahead of Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Rosberg may have had a tougher time under the lights in Sakhir if his teammate Lewis Hamilton had not fallen victim to a racing incident in Turn 1 on the first lap. Hamilton, who had gotten a comparatively poor start, was clipped by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, damaging his car and forcing him to fight back for a third-place finish.
Also lightening the load for Rosberg was the fact that Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel failed to start the race. The German’s Ferrari suffered an engine failure on the formation lap, giving him his first DNS of his Formula 1 career. He would have started third had he made the grid.
It wasn’t all easy sailing for Rosberg, however. Raikkonen managed to keep the pressure on the leading Silver Arrow throughout the race, but never got close enough to challenge him for the lead. Both took soft tires in their final pit stops, however despite the level playing field the Mercedes still finished 10.2 seconds clear of the Ferrari.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished the race fourth, followed by Haas F1’s Romain Grosjean. Haas, who is using a Ferrari power unit in their car, has gotten off to a remarkable start in their first season in F1, with Grosjean having posted a sixth place finish in Australia last month.
Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen was sixth, beating out Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat in seventh. Williams day started off on the wrong foot and never seemed to improve, with Felipe Massa coming home eighth ahead of Bottas in ninth. McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who was filling in for an injured Fernando Alonso, claimed the last of the points in tenth.