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Rosberg romps untroubled to fifth win in a row

Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg

Germany’s Nico Rosberg romped to his fifth win in a row for Mercedes on Sunday and ended Formula One champion team mate Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of a third successive Bahrain Grand Prix victory.

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, whose team mate Sebastian Vettel failed to start after his car’s engine let out a plume of smoke on the formation lap, finished 10.2 seconds behind to repeat last year’s second place.

Hamilton, a distant third and never in a position to challenge Rosberg, made a slow getaway from pole position and tangled with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas at the first corner as the Finn tried to go past on the inside.

Rosberg stretched his lead over Hamilton at the top of the standings to 17 points after two races. The win was the 16th of the German’s career and the eighth in a row for champions Mercedes.

Result from the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:33:34.696
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari +00:10.282
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:30.148
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 01:02.494
5. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 01:18.299
6. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 01:20.929
7. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 1 lap
8. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap
9. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap
10. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1 lap
11. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 1 lap
12. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap
13. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor – Mercedes 1 lap
14. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap
15. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap
16. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap
17. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor – Mercedes 1 lap
r. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 28 laps
r. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Haas – Ferrari 48 laps
r. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 51 laps
r. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 57 laps
r. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 57 laps
(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)

Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix
Drivers Points
1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 50
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 33
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 24
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 18
5. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 18
6. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 15
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 14
8. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 9
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 6
10. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 6
11. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 6
12. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 2
13. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1
14. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Renault 0
15. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 0
16. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 0
17. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Manor 0
17. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 0
19. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 0
20. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 0
21. Rio Haryanto (Indonesia) Manor 0
Constructors Points
1. Mercedes 83
2. Ferrari 33
3. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 30
4. Williams-Mercedes 20
5. Haas – Ferrari 18
6. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 11
7. Force India – Mercedes 6
8. McLaren 1
9. Renault 0
10. Sauber – Ferrari 0
11. Manor – Mercedes 0

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