Lewis Hamilton drove to another impressive victory in Bahrain at the weekend to clinch his third win from four starts in this year’s F1 World Championship.
The British driver has been a class above so far this season, with this victory taking him 27 points clear of Mercedes team-mate Niso Rosberg at the top of the Drivers’ Standings.
Rosberg finished the Grand Prix in third, with the impressive Kimi Raikkonen securing second for Ferrari.
After his victory, Hamilton said: “I’m very happy. This was a near perfect race for me. I made a good start and was able to get away. I maintained good pace and my car ran well and looked after its tyres throughout each stint of the race.
“It’s good to be able to lead the championship as we head back for the European leg.”
Rosberg added: “I made a few mistakes and Lewis had a perfect weekend. I feel that I still have pace to find in the car and I did find myself wheel-to-wheel with the Ferrari.
“Saying that, it is great for everyone at the team that the Silver Arrows are performing so well and I am also looking forward to racing in Europe for the next few months.”
Sergio Perez was able to score points for the Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team after crossing the line in eighth. The Mexican has had an up-and-down start to his campaign as he currently sits 13th in the overall standings on five points.
“This was a good reward for the team,” he said after Sunday’s race. “Everyone at Force India is working so hard and it has not been an easy start to our season. This race did show that we have some pace and hopefully we will see another step forward when we reach Spain for the next race.”
Nico Hulkenberg, driving the second Force India car, finished down in 13th position.
There was more frustration for Bicester-based Toro Rosso after both of their cars were forced out of the race,
Carlos Sainz Jr. endured a terrible race. After showing well in qualifying, he picked up a penalty for driving too slowly on the way to the grid before his car suffered a technical issue, while team-mate Max Verstappen’s race ended when his Renault-powered car developed an electrical problem midway through. He said: “This was a disappointing weekend for the team.
“It started well but tailed off badly and now we have to look at all the things we worked on in Bahrain and move them forward for the next race.”
Current standings: 1) Hamilton, 93pts; 2) Rosberg, 66; 3) Vettel, 65; 4) Raikkonen, 42; 5) Massa, 31; 6) Bottas, 30. Next race: Spain, May 10.