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Hamilton takes no solace in second place

Hamilton takes no solace in second placeā€

Vettel took the checkered flag easily at the Bahrain International Circuit, almost seven seconds ahead of Lewis Hamilton to claim his second win of the season and the outright lead in the F1 Drivers' Championship.

Both Mercedes drivers used the safety vehicle incident to pit for new tires, but Hamilton made the mistake of holding up Ricciardo.

Pole-sitter Bottas' hopes of a maiden grand prix victory faded into the Bahrain night as he finished 20 seconds behind Vettel in third place, with compatriot Kimi Raikkonen following two seconds behind in P4 in the second Ferrari.

Hamilton immediately began to close in on Bottas, encouraged by Mercedes who informed him that he had the pace to "win this", passing his team-mate with 10 to go.

The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-time world champion won the opener in Australia.

Mercedes had the advantage of the frontrow lockout but were pressured by Ferrari from the off when Vettel split the two silver arrows.

Bottas kept the lead for the opening laps, with Vettel getting ahead of Hamilton into the first corner for second and then taking over after the pitstops. Proximity that prompted Ferrari to act. We went for the undercut and it worked fantastically. Drama followed on lap 13 when Verstappen crashed out at Turn 4, apparently his brakes failed.

Also, Verstappen wasn't the only driver to retire from the race, as Stoffel Vandoorne failed to make the start with a power unit issue, Kevin Magnussen came to a stop on track due to a mechanical problem, and Carlos Sainz and Lance Stroll collided in Turn 1 bringing out a safety auto.

He was never challenged out in front at the end but Hamilton's pace set up a grandstand finish as he dramatically cut the gap, helped by teammate Bottas moving over to concede second in the first stint, the report added.

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But Nico Rosebrg seems perfectly happy watching Formula One with his feet up on the sofa and behind a TV screen as he reflected on the early scrap in the race between Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

By backing up Ricciardo at the pit entry, Hamilton drove unnecessarily slowly and was later handed the five-second time penalty.

But Stroll wasn't to blame for his latest exit from a grand prix, as he was carelessly punted into retirement by an over eager Carlos Sainz trying to pass on the inside of turn one.

And when it all played out, Vettel who had dropped to ninth after his pit stop, was back in the lead.

Vettel's 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61. His team-mate allowed him past on lap 48 and he set about chasing the leader, who was 11 seconds ahead and encountering traffic, while Hamilton was 1.8 seconds a lap quicker.

Hamilton was catching the German on every lap but ultimately ran out of time and finished nearly seven seconds behind.

Meanwhile, Alonso retired one lap from the end. "Losing points for the team is definitely painful".

It was yet another frustrating day for former world champion Fernando Alonso in his McLaren.

Verstappen praised his team's strategy for making an early pitstop, even if his race didn't last much longer after that call.



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