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Bahrain Grand Prix: F1 2015 – as it happened | Michael Butler

Bahrain Grand Prix: F1 2015 – as it happened | Michael Butler

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix from start to finish, while Kimi Raikkonen prevented a Mercedes one-two Report: Hamilton cruises to victory in Bahrain GP to extend F1 lead 6.01pm BST So another win for Lewis, who looked dominant throughout. But the story of this race was the battle for second, and Raikkonen showed remarkable poise and steel to make up a 19-second deficit and prevent Mercedes taking another one-two. Ferrari are proving to be a force this season, although Vettel will be disappointed that he couldn’t put any pressure on the leaders, after starting the race in second. Have a read of our race report , if you fancy. Thanks for reading, see you next time. Bye! HAMILTON: "The Ferraris gave us a really good run for our money. It was hard looking after the tyres out there" pic.twitter.com/o1o10gURpm 5.52pm BST Hamilton celebrates as emerges from his car : and pretends to knock a baseball over the cheering stands. Nice. Here are the final standings in full from Bahrain: FINAL PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/mBr92MBzA5 5.45pm BST “Sorry about the brakes, it happened at the worst time” the Mercedes team utter to Rosberg. So both Mercs had braking problems by the end! Ricciardo’s car sends a plume of smoke out the back of his car. He comes to a standstill, but is just able to roll over the finish line! The Red Bull man finishes in sixth. 5.41pm BST That brake fault didn’t matter. Hamilton pumps the air. “Get in there!” shout the Mercedes team over the radio. YES!!! It's #BahrainGP victory for @LewisHamilton ! Unbelievable drive - GET IN THERE SON! #BahrainGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/xyY2Xku8e8 5.39pm BST Lap 57: Hamilton has a break-by-wire fault! He should be ok, though as he has a comfortable lead on Raikkonen. “Go easy on the brakes,” warn Hamilton’s team. 5.38pm BST Lap 56: Raikkonen passes Rosberg and goes into second! Oh, that’s a terrible mistake from Rosberg, who locked up going into turn one, and who is forced wide off the track. Raikkonen simply flies through, and his greater carrying speed allows him to pull clear! What an error! Mercedes’ team hold their head in their hands. #Kimi7 Amazing second place!!!Woooo!!Chapeau Iceman! Great job!!!!! #Seb5 P5/ Kimi 2o Seb 5o #BahGP #redseason pic.twitter.com/LXZ0F1E2HS Damn. 5.35pm BST Lap 55: Raikkonen is not yet in DRS range, but he’s not far off! Three laps to go! It’s very busy out there on the track, causing all sorts of problems for the Rosberg and Raikkonen. #Kimi ! Stop it!! #F1 #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight 5.34pm BST Lap 54: Hamilton, meanwhile, is still five seconds ahead in front. He’s cruising. The gap between Rosberg and Raikkonen is just 1.1 second! 5.33pm BST Lap 53: The gap is now 2.2 seconds. This is going to go to the wire for second place! Vettel so nearly collides with the back of Bottas as that battle for fourth continues. He was inches from a crash there! 5.30pm BST Lap 52: Rosberg is being asked to save his breaks. He sounded visibly shaken the last time we heard him on the radio. The gap to Raikkonen is just 3.4 seconds with five laps remaining! 5.29pm BST Lap 51: Raikkonen is 4.5 seconds off Rosberg in second. Can he break the Mercedes one-two. Perez has passed Massa in turn one. Very clean. Perez now in eighth. LAP 51/57: Perez overtakes Massa to jump to P8 #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/N3UmIj5BoK 5.27pm BST Lap 50: Raikkonen looks as though he’s running into that traffic that Rosberg encountered a few laps ago. “Come on blue flags, they don’t know how to move these people,” the Finn shouts down the radio. 5.26pm BST Lap 49: Vettel, in fifth, and Bottas are battling it out for fourth. Bottas looks as though he might be struggling for brake dust after running wide in turn one. BATTLE FOR FOURTH: Vettel remains 0.7 behind Bottas #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/GTV8RP4Tss TOP SIX (lap 49): 1 HAM 2 ROS +4.7 3 RAI +11.6 4 BOT +37.5 5 VET +38.0 6 RIC +54.6 #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/MAmqlLDIC1 5.23pm BST Lap 48: “The gap to Kimi is now 8.5 seconds” Rosberg’s team tell their man. “Just don’t tell me what the gap is!” responds Rosberg. He knows he is being caught in second. Meanwhile, @LewisHamilton is driving serenely out front - 5.1secs his lead over @nico_rosberg , 15.1 over #Kimi . Stunning stuff from #LH44 5.22pm BST Lap 47: “Staying at this pace, we should hit Rosberg in five laps,” the Ferrari team tell Raikkonen. 5.22pm BST Lap 46: “The leaders are in traffic, let’s make hay,” Raikkonen is told by his team. Massa moves into the points in eighth. 5.21pm BST Lap 45: Rosberg and Hamilton have run into traffic, which is another factor in why they are worried about the Ferrari. Second-placed Rosberg did have a 19 second lead over Raikkonen in third, now it’s just over 10! 5.19pm BST Lap 44: Maldonado is forced to pit, and the front end of his car is smoking. He’s brakes look shot. He pulls back out on the track, but doesn’t look in a good way. “We think Kimi is a threat,” Rosberg’s team tell their driver. “He’s on the option tyre and forecast to catch you before the end of the race.” FASTEST LAPS (44/57): Here's the evidence - @MercedesAMGF1 are right to be worried about Raikkonen's pace #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/KysQJFWXOW 5.16pm BST Lap 43: Raikkonen has just set the fastest lap of this race. "Ok @nico_rosberg . Gap to #Kimi is 15secs with 14 laps to go. He's pushing HARD on the option..." This could be close... #F1 #BahrainGP 5.15pm BST Lap 42: Raikkonen is back out in third, comfortably ahead of Bottas and Vettel. 5.14pm BST Lap 41: Following that stop, Hamilton has total control of this race, a 19 second lead. Surely it would only take a technical fault for to prevent him winning this race. 5.11pm BST Lap 40: Hamilton retakes the lead! He slides down the inside of Raikkonen, who makes his pit, The Finn is going on the soft tyre and will go full throttle for the rest of the race. 5.10pm BST Lap 39: What are Ferrari going to do with Raikkonen? Are they going to put him on the medium tyre or soft tyre? 5.09pm BST Lap 38: Raikkonen is still out race leader, with Hamilton 1.2 seconds behind. Meanwhile Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen has had to stop: “the car is not safe” says the TR radio. RETIRED: Verstappen's race is over #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/NGh0bsuVBK 5.06pm BST Lap 37: “I think I have some damage on the front wing. Keep an eye on the sensors please.” pleas Vettel. He’s had to pit, and gets a new front wing! Is that going to cost him a podium finish? 5.06pm BST Lap 36: Vettel and Rosberg battle it out for third: Vettel running too wide and he runs off the track into the sand. Rosberg overtakes him! Vettel’s tyres will be dirty now, too. But #Vettel goes wide! GET HIM!!! #F1 #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight FASTEST LAPS (36/57): Rosberg isn't far from quickest race lap of 2014 - the 1:37.020 he posted last year #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/fGzlZuZGRm 5.02pm BST Lap 35: Nasr overtakes Hulkenburg down the outside through turn four! What a move! Meanwhile Vettel has come out in front of Rosberg after his stop. 5.01pm BST Lap 34: Both Hamilton and Vettel make their stops: they are both on the medium tyres now. “Push hard now, one more lap,” Rosberg’s team tell the Mercedes man. 5.00pm BST Lap 33: Hamilton, our race leader, will also pit shortly. Hopefully that will see him through to the end: 24 laps to go. That’s a long old stint on one set of tyres. Jenson Button meanwhile, is keeping himself busy on Twitter... Ooh is Lewis backing his team mate into Vettel?!? #oldstory #whynot That awkward moment when you realise @JensonButton is better at Twitter than you... #JBTweets #BahrainGP #F1 #F1atTwilight 4.58pm BST Lap 32: Raikkonen has used a little less fuel that any of the top four. He’ll be given the soft tyre when he comes into pit shortly, even though he’s running very nicely on the harder tyre. 4.56pm BST Lap 31: Now it’s Nasr that passes Alonso in 12th, who is having a miserable time of it. Toro Rosso’s Sainz’s race is over, rolling off the track, with sparks coming off his front left wheel. YELLOW FLAGS: Sainz comes off on lap 30 having just exited the pits - his race is over #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/YckBYXwg1w 4.55pm BST Lap 30: Alonso struggling here to keep pace with Hulkenberg and Massa. He’s running in dirty air, and he can’t get the neccessary downforce to keep up. 4.53pm BST Lap 29: Hulkenberg flies past Alonso into 11th. The Spaniard is helpless there on turn one, and doesn’t have the chance to come back on him. Hulkenberg hangs on through turn four. 4.52pm BST Lap 28: Hamilton starting to craft a sizeable lead now. Scratch that! @LewisHamilton pulls 4 tenths on @nico_rosberg , who grabs 1.1 from #Vettel .Starting to stretch at the front, but for how long? 4.50pm BST Lap 27: Mercedes still lead one-two with Vettel tucked in behind. Vettel can’t get close enough to enable the DRS, he’s 3.2 seconds behind. 4.48pm BST Lap 26: Ericsson has a nightmare stop, the engineers waste 27.1 seconds trying to mount the front left tyre! Has that ruined his race? 4.47pm BST Lap 25: Nasr makes a great pass on Massa, cutting him up on the inside. Nasr, Massa and Maldonado all go in for the pit stops together! Maldonado has a lightning quick pit stop and jumps two places! Well done Team Lotus! 4.45pm BST Lap 24: @MercedesAMGF1 , #BahrainGP , @michaelbutler18 Can you call it a F1 race with so few cars. What about the fans? 4.43pm BST Lap 23: Here are the current standings: BATTLE IS ON (LAP 23/57): 1 HAM 2 ROS +1.6 3 VET +3.2 4 RAI +12.7 5 BOT +15.7 6 RIC +23.8 #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/1xEgfgmIOw 4.41pm BST Lap 22: Raikkonen in fourth, is nine seconds behind Vettel in third, but his lap times are quicker than the top three. He’s gaining on them. Nasr, in 11th, is really pushing his Brazilian compatriot, Massa, who is running very wide. Massa appears to be struggling for grip on those hairpin corners. 4.39pm BST Lap 21: There’s under three seconds between the top three: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel. 1.6 seconds ahead, Hamilton appears to have lost a large portion of his lead, due to a slow stop. ENG: "Sorry @LewisHamilton , a bit of a slow stop there. Let's manage it from here" Hands up, as always #TeamWork #BahrainGP #F1 . @LewisHamilton 's tyres are the freshest of the bunch - 1 lap more so than @nico_rosberg , whose are 1 lap fresher than #Vettel 's #F1 4.38pm BST Lap 20: Rosberg’s team tell him: “We’ll still need some fuel saving for breaks, as you get closer to Lewis.” 4.36pm BST Lap 19: Bottas in fifth is chasing down Raikkonen. “I think we can get him” say Williams over the radio. 4.34pm BST Lap 18: Raikkonen makes his stop, and he’s going on the medium tyres, which means Hamilton will reclaim the lead. 4.32pm BST Lap 17: Rosberg retakes third from Vettel, enabling the DRS down the home straight and coming on the inside of Vettel! He’s tucked just behind in Hamilton now, can he use his DRS on him as well? 4.30pm BST Lap 16: Hamilton makes his stop and Raikkonen is our new race leader. He hasn’t made his stop yet. Rosberg and Vettel are going at it in third and fourth respectively, with Hamilton emerging from the pits in second, just in front. LAP 16/57: Rosberg takes the inside line down to Turn 1 to storm back ahead of Vettel #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/bESs84eZc7 4.29pm BST Lap 15: Rosberg responds to Vettel’s stop but as he emerges, he’s behind Vettel in fourth. That extra lap for Vettel on those new tyres proved decisive! 4.26pm BST Lap 14: Bottas on the radio: “the tyres are dying.” He’ll come into the pits shortly. Vettel makes his pit stop. Alonso also comes in, he’s going onto the hard tyres. Action replay: Lap 14, first pitstop for Fernando. Prime tyres go on. #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/RVJANgrXqL 4.25pm BST Lap 13: Maldonado has actually just recorded the fastest lap of any of the drivers, but he’s currently loitering in 15th place. 4.23pm BST Lap 12: Rosberg is flying away from Vettel, but he’s actually losing ground on Hamilton. And he's getting on with it in clear air too - 1.5secs clear of #Vettel now but 6.2 behind his team-mate #BahrainGP #F1 #F1atTwilight 4.22pm BST Lap 11: Hulkenberg, Massa and Nasr all make their stops. Remember this is likely to be a two-stop race. No stops so far from the Mercedes/Ferrari boys. 4.20pm BST Lap 10: Hamiton’s lead is 5.3 seconds over his Mercedes teammate. Fourth-placed. Raikkonen is still in touch with his Ferrari teammate, Vettel. Kimi is the man to watch, looking after his tyres well 4.19pm BST Lap 9: Rosberg takes second from Vettel. It’s a Mercedes one-two! Vettel managed to hold Rosberg off for a while, but along that big long home straight, Rosberg opened up the DRS, got inside Vettel, and squeezed him up. 4.18pm BST Lap 8: Rosberg is right up on Vettel, who nearly spun out. Rosberg is right up behind the German, who blocks him out at turn four. Vettel just locked up! PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (LAP 8/57) #BahrainGP #F1atTwilight pic.twitter.com/c0nJ4Mn5Wc 4.16pm BST Lap 7: Massa overtakes Alonso to claim 13th place. Sparks are flying off the asphalt. Hamilton looks to have pulled away from Vettel. 4.15pm BST Lap 6: Rosberg has opened up a two second lead over Raikkonen. Rosberg is driving very smoothly. 4.13pm BST Lap 5: Maldonado is under investigation for being out of position on the starting grid. He’ll get a five second penalty. Meanwhile Hamilton runs a little wide on turn four, which allows Vettel to catch up a little bit. He’s about a second behind the Brit. 4.11pm BST Lap 4: Rosberg opens up the DRS and scoots on the inside of Raikkonen on turn one to retake third place. Raikkonen tries to come back at him on turn four but no joy! 4.10pm BST Lap 3: Here is the top 10 as it stands. 4.09pm BST Lap 2: Hamilton has a lead of 1.4 seconds and he’s really going for it, doesn’t look to be scrimping on fuel or saving his tyres. It looks like Maldonado clipped Max Verstappen front wingt here. 4.06pm BST Lap 1: Hamilton holds the lead into the first turn, but As Rosberg tried to go aggressive on Vettel in second, Raikkonen comes from fourth, around the outside and gets into third! Rosberg in fourth. LAP 1/57: Raikkonen jumps ahead of Rosberg at the first corner #BahrainGP pic.twitter.com/cMBdWcidF8 4.03pm BST Here we go! 4.03pm BST Massa is moving , but he will start from the pit lane! That opens it up for Daniel Ricciardo in seventh then. 4.02pm BST The cars are out loosening up on their reconnaissance lap , but Felipe Massa hasn’t moved! It looks like he’ll start from the pit lane. Williams think it’s an electrical problem. It’s unsure whether they’re going to have Masssa ready in time for the start! 3.57pm BST We’re three minutes away from lights out! As ever, the start will be so important today. There’s a headwind heading down the first straight, with drivers expected to get above 200mph before dropping to 40mph for the first corner. That’s some heavy breaking in just around 100 metres of track. Hamilton will be looking to block Vettel off on the first corner, but he doesn’t have Rosberg to protect him as he has in other races this season. FIVE MINUTES to go until the start of the 2015 #BahrainGP . Here is a look back at last year's strategies for success pic.twitter.com/mMHPs2Q5ZG 3.52pm BST Remember when this happened last year in Bahrain? Flippin heck. 3.50pm BST Being smack bang in the middle of the desert , the track at Bahrain is notoriously dirty and so tyre management will be very important. The track also has the highest degree of asphalt roughness of any of the tracks this season. Most teams will operate a two-stop race. 3.46pm BST BREAKING NEWS McLaren’s Ron Dennis has just confirmed that Jenson Button will not start today! Sadly we are not able to ready Jenson’s car. During fire-up, data indicated an issue originating from his earlier electrical problems. As u probably are aware I will not b taking part in the Bahrain GP, the guys have worked flat out 2 get the car built but we're unable 2 run 3.40pm BST David Coulthard is out walking around the start/finish line , sporting a pair of divine velvet loafers, and has just told us that the tarmac on Bahrain is actually from Shropshire. Fancy that. 3.38pm BST Here is how the drivers line up on the grid today : 1. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 32.571s 2. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 32.982s 3. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 33.129s 4. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 33.227s 5. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 33.381s 6. Felipe Massa BRZ Williams-Mercedes 1m 33.744s 7. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 33.832s 8. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 34.450s 9. Carlos Sainz Jr ESP Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 34.462s 10. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Mercedes 1m 34.484s 11. Sergio Perez MEX Force India-Mercedes 1m 34.704s 12. Felipe Nasr BRZ Sauber-Ferrari 1m 34.737s 13. Marcus Ericsson SWE Sauber-Ferrari 1m 35.034s 14. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 35.039s 15. Max Verstappen NED Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 35.103s 16. Pastor Maldonado VEN Lotus-Mercedes 1m 35.677s 17. Daniil Kvyat RUS Red Bull-Renault 1m 35.800s 18. Will Stevens GBR Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 38.713s 19. Roberto Merhi ESP Manor Marussia-Ferrari 1m 39.722s 3.00pm BST ARE YOU READY FOR THE NIGHT TRAIN? NIGHT TRAIN! Hello world and welcome to the first night race of the season! It’s always a bit more exciting under the lights, and the track naturally lends itself to overtaking, with long-straights, heavy breaking and tight turns. Continue reading...

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