F1 Bahrain GP results: Hamilton wins, Grosjean escapes crash

Lewis Hamilton won a wild Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes at Sakhir, round 15 of the Formula 1 World Championship, in a restarted race following Romain Grosjean’s horrific first-lap fiery crash.

Hamilton led from pole, as fellow front row starter Valtteri Bottas plummeted to sixth, but the race was quickly red flagged when Grosjean’s Haas clipped Daniil Kvyat’s AlphaTauri on the exit of Turn 3 and speared off to the right of the track and hit the Armco, bursting into flames as his car split in two. Thankfully, Grosjean was able to get out of his burning car and was immediately assisted by the fast-reacting medical team. He was flown to hospital with minor burns and a suspected broken rib.

After a long delay, the race was restarted from the grid in the order Hamilton, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Racing Point’s Sergio Perez – with Bottas promoted to fourth because of where the decision point was to freeze the field.

Starting from the dirty side of the grid, Verstappen just held second from Perez at Turn 1. But the race was soon neutralized again, as Kvyat lunged Lance Stroll and flicked his Racing Point into a slow rollover. Under the safety car, Bottas suffered a puncture, dropping to 16th and switched to the hard tyres.

The race went green again on lap nine, with Hamilton leading Verstappen, Perez, Alexander Albon (Red Bull) and Lando Norris (McLaren).

Hamilton opted to take the medium tyres again at his first stop, committing to a two-stop strategy, as Verstappen and Perez opted for hards. Hamilton pitted a second time on lap 36 for hards, as Verstappen pitted again for a second set of hards, which briefly promoted Perez to second until he too stopped a second time with 20 laps to go.

Hamilton rattled off his 11th win of the season, with Verstappen finished second after pitting again for more mediums to get fastest lap. Perez on course to score a distant third but his car began smoking profusely with four laps remaining, which promoted Albon to third.

Perez pulled off the track with the rear of his car on fire. That led to a safety car, under which the race finished.

Norris was best of the rest in fourth on a good day for McLaren in its battle with Racing Point and Renault in the constructors’ championship. His teammate Carlos Sainz ran a long stint on softs, which aided him in his climb from 15th on the grid to finish fifth, passing AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly with five laps to go.

Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh for Renault, ahead of the luckless Bottas and Esteban Ocon, as last year’s star of the race here, Charles Leclerc scored one point in 10th.

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver   Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval Pits Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 57   3 25
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 57 1.254 1.254 4 19
3 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 57 8.005 6.751 3 15
4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 57 11.337 3.332 3 12
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 57 11.787 0.450 3 10
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 57 11.942 0.155 2 8
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 57 19.368 7.426 3 6
8 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 57 19.680 0.312 4 4
9 Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 57 22.803 3.123 3 2
10 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 56 1 lap   3 1
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 56 1 lap   3  
12 George Russell Williams Mercedes 56 1 lap   3  
13 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 56 1 lap   3  
14 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 56 1 lap   3  
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 56 1 lap   3  
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 56 1 lap   3  
17 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 56 1 lap   4  
18 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 53     3  
  Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes 2     1  
  Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 0        
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver   Chassis Engine Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda 48 1’32.014     211.741
2 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault 38 1’32.827 0.813 0.813 209.887
3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 38 1’32.864 0.850 0.037 209.803
4 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 28 1’33.352 1.338 0.488 208.706
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault 46 1’33.411 1.397 0.059 208.575
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari 43 1’33.573 1.559 0.162 208.213
7 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 53 1’33.588 1.574 0.015 208.180
8 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari 44 1’33.625 1.611 0.037 208.098
9 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes 40 1’33.629 1.615 0.004 208.089
10 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda 41 1’33.684 1.670 0.055 207.967
11 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 41 1’33.861 1.847 0.177 207.575
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 35 1’34.141 2.127 0.280 206.957
13 Esteban Ocon Renault Renault 37 1’34.354 2.340 0.213 206.490
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari 22 1’34.536 2.522 0.182 206.092
15 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 39 1’34.591 2.577 0.055 205.973
16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 48 1’34.817 2.803 0.226 205.482
17 George Russell Williams Mercedes 47 1’35.042 3.028 0.225 204.995
18 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 29 1’35.241 3.227 0.199 204.567
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre history

Cla # Driver   Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes M 4 M 22 M 18 H 22    
2 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda M 4 M 20 H 14 H 12 M 15
3 23 Alex Albon Red Bull Honda M 4 M 19 M 19 H 23    
4 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault M 4 M 21 M 21 H 19    
5 55 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren Renault S 1 S 20 M 18 H 18    
6 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda M 4 H 24 H 32        
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault Renault M 4 M 19 H 20 H 21    
8 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes M 4 M 7 H 21 M 15 M 34
9 31 Esteban Ocon Renault Renault M 4 M 20 M 37 H 23    
10 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari Ferrari H 1 M 24 H 17 H 17    
11 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda M 4 S 19 H 16 H 23    
12 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes M 1 M 19 H 19 M 18    
13 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari M 3 H 19 M 22 H 17    
14 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes H 1 M 20 M 16 H 20    
15 7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 1 M 16 H 23 M 17    
16 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari M 1 M 19 H 33 S 3    
17 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari M 1 H 2 H 24 H 28 S 3
18 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point Mercedes M 4 M 24 H 16 H 17    
  18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes M 4 M 6            
  8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari H 0                
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix as it happened

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