Bahrain Grand Prix 2014: Hamilton wins thrilling race ahead of Rosberg
Bahrain Grand Prix 2014: Lewis Hamilton expresses his delight after pipping team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory
Lewis Hamilton could not hide his delight after narrowly beating his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton crossed the line one second ahead of Rosberg after an intriguing battle between the pair, as the Briton cut the German’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 11 points.
I was on a real knife edge at the end but just managed to take it
Force India’s Sergio Perez was third ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Nico Hulkenberg was fifth in the other Force India, with defending world champion Sebastian Vettel finishing sixth.
“I haven’t had a race like that since 2007,” said a beaming Hamilton. “It was really exciting, Nico drove fantastically well, it was so fair but it was so hard to keep him behind me.
“I was on a real knife edge at the end but just managed to take it.”
Rosberg, meanwhile, described the race as the most entertaining of his career despite the disappointment of finishing second.
“I strongly dislike finishing second to Lewis but on the other hand it was the most exciting race I have ever had in my whole career,” said Rosberg.
“Today was a day for the sport. I hope you all had a lot of fun.
“The team played it as fair as they possibly could today. Let us race flat out. I don’t think you need any more evidence that we are here to race and there are no team orders.”
Bahrain Grand Prix 2014: Race result
1. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 57 laps 1hr 39m 42.743s
2. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes +00m 01.0s
3. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes +00m 24.0s
4. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault +00m 24.4s
5. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes +00m 28.6s
6. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault +00m 29.8s
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes +00m 31.3s
8. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes +00m 31.8s
9. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 32.5s
10. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari +00m 33.4s
11. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault +00m 41.3s
12. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault +00m 43.1s
13. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari +00m 59.9s
14. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault +01m 02.8s
15. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault +01m 18.3s
16. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari +3 laps
Rtd Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes +2 laps
Rtd Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 40 laps completed
Rtd Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 39 laps completed
Rtd Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 33 laps completed
Rtd Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 18 laps completed
Rtd Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari 17 laps completed