After an unremarkable race in Malaysia the Bahrain Grand Prix produced a sublime sporting contest – and hopefully reminded F1’s detractors just how good it can be.
The performance of Force India’s drivers seemed to inspire their pit crew into producing the fastest pit stop of the race.
Red Bull went on the attack in the final phase of the race after the Safety Car period and both drivers finished in the top six.
Mercedes had to show their hand in Bahrain and revealed the full performance advantage of the W05 – a whopping 1.7 seconds.
The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix in pictures.
Lewis Hamilton took his second consecutive victory after holding off team mate Nico Rosberg in an intense race-long battle during a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg finished second to Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain but continues to lead the drivers’ championship ahead of his team mate.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg led another one-two for Mercedes in Bahrain.
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While Rosberg claimed pole position Grosjean fumed at Sutil and Bottas was vexed by the marshals. Here’s what drivers said on their radios during qualifying.
Bahrain’s switch to a night race may mean cooler temperatures for the grand prix but no team is exempt from worries about the reliability of the new engines.
Pictures from qualifying and final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the second year in a row in Bahrain, leading Mercedes’ first front row of 2014.
Mercedes have their first front row of 2014 and it will be led by Nico Rosberg in Bahrain.
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Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two for the third consecutive practice session in Bahrain.
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Only Nico Rosberg could get anywhere near Lewis Hamilton’s pace. But the dozen cars behind them were covered by less than nine tenths of a second.
Pictures from the first day of practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Mercedes gave a clear signal of their potential by dominating the second practice session. Lewis Hamilton lapped a second quicker than any of the team’s rivals.