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

ClaDriver ChassisEngineLapsTimeIntervalPitsPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes57 325
2 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda57 1.254 1.254 419
3 Alex Albon Red BullHonda57 8.005 6.751 315
4 Lando Norris McLarenRenault57 11.337 3.332 312
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault57 11.787 0.450 310
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda57 11.942 0.155 28
7 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault57 19.368 7.426 36
8 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes57 19.680 0.312 44
9 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault57 22.803 3.123 32
10 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari56 1 lap  31
11 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHonda56 1 lap  3 
12 George Russell WilliamsMercedes56 1 lap  3 
13 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari56 1 lap  3 
14 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedes56 1 lap  3 
15 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa RomeoFerrari56 1 lap  3 
16 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa RomeoFerrari56 1 lap  3 
17 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari56 1 lap  4 
18 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes53  3 
  Lance Stroll Racing PointMercedes2  1 
  Romain Grosjean HaasFerrari0    
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix fastest laps

ClaDriver ChassisEngineLapsTimeGapIntervalkm/h
1 Max Verstappen Red BullHonda48 1’32.014   211.741
2 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenault38 1’32.827 0.813 0.813 209.887
3 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes38 1’32.864 0.850 0.037 209.803
4 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes28 1’33.352 1.338 0.488 208.706
5 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenault46 1’33.411 1.397 0.059 208.575
6 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa RomeoFerrari43 1’33.573 1.559 0.162 208.213
7 Lando Norris McLarenRenault53 1’33.588 1.574 0.015 208.180
8 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrari44 1’33.625 1.611 0.037 208.098
9 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedes40 1’33.629 1.615 0.004 208.089
10 Alex Albon Red BullHonda41 1’33.684 1.670 0.055 207.967
11 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari41 1’33.861 1.847 0.177 207.575
12 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHonda35 1’34.141 2.127 0.280 206.957
13 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenault37 1’34.354 2.340 0.213 206.490
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa RomeoFerrari22 1’34.536 2.522 0.182 206.092
15 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedes39 1’34.591 2.577 0.055 205.973
16 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHonda48 1’34.817 2.803 0.226 205.482
17 George Russell WilliamsMercedes47 1’35.042 3.028 0.225 204.995
18 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari29 1’35.241 3.227 0.199 204.567
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix tyre history

Cla#Driver ChassisEngine12345
144 Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedesM4M22M18H22  
233 Max Verstappen Red BullHondaM4M20H14H12M15
323 Alex Albon Red BullHondaM4M19M19H23  
44 Lando Norris McLarenRenaultM4M21M21H19  
555 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLarenRenaultS1S20M18H18  
610 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauriHondaM4H24H32    
73 Daniel Ricciardo RenaultRenaultM4M19H20H21  
877 Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedesM4M7H21M15M34
931 Esteban Ocon RenaultRenaultM4M20M37H23  
1016 Charles Leclerc FerrariFerrariH1M24H17H17  
1126 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauriHondaM4S19H16H23  
1263 George Russell WilliamsMercedesM1M19H19M18  
135 Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrariM3H19M22H17  
146 Nicholas Latifi WilliamsMercedesH1M20M16H20  
157 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa RomeoFerrariM1M16H23M17  
1699 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa RomeoFerrariM1M19H33S3  
1720 Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrariM1H2H24H28S3
1811 Sergio Perez Racing PointMercedesM4M24H16H17  
 18 Lance Stroll Racing PointMercedesM4M6      
 8 Romain Grosjean HaasFerrariH0        
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F1 Bahrain Grand Prix as it happened

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