2014 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix - Race

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A truly thrilling climax to a superb weekend in Bahrain
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Massa keeps Bottas at bay, with Alonso and Raikkonen scoring the final points
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Hulkenberg takes fifth, just ahead of Vettel
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Perez takes a brilliant podium finish for Force India, narrowly fending off Ricciardo
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Rosberg makes it a second successive Mercedes one-two
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Lewis Hamilton wins the Bahrain Grand Prix!
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Hamilton rounds the final few corners...
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Massa and Bottas now battling hard over seventh
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Rosberg still a second down on his team-mate
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Final lap: Hamilton begins his last tour
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Massa briefly passes Vettel for P6, but the World Champion fights back
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Button makes his way back to the McLaren garage
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It looks as though he is going to retire in his 250th Grand Prix
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Lap 56/57: Button is slowing in the McLaren
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Perez is told that fourth-placed Ricciardo is half a second quicker, but he still won't be able to catch him before the chequered flag
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Lap 55/57: Hamilton's lead now stands at a second
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Hamilton told to use the "overtake boost" on corner exits
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Red Bull team-mate Vettel is now hoping to do the same
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Replays show Ricciardo passing Hulkenberg for fourth
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Perez is almost 15 seconds adrift in the final podium spot
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Lap 54/57: Hamilton in a more comfortable position this time around
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Hamilton hangs on through the next sequence of corners
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Lap 53/57: Rosberg tries again with the use of DRS, but outbrakes himself
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There will be some worried faces on the Mercedes pit wall
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But Hamilton just manages to hold on around the outside
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Lap 52/57: Rosberg uses DRS and pulls alongside Hamilton into the first corner!
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Vettel still trying to get back past Ricciardo
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Lap 51/57: Rosberg continues to close on Hamilton, with the gap cut to six tenths
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Replays show Alonso passing Button for P9
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"I'm really, really slow down the straights," says Vettel over the radio
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Brilliant driving from the Red Bull duo!
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Vettel comes back at him, but Ricciardo holds on to P5
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Ricciardo slips past Vettel under braking for the first corner
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The battle is far from over at the front...
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Lap 50/57: Rosberg responds to Hamilton, posting the best lap of the race
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DRS has been enabled once more
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The gap now stands at nine tenths of a second
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Lap 49/57: Hamilton appears to be in control of any issue as he sets a new fastest lap
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Bottas is the next to find a way past Button
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"I've got no power!" Hamilton shouts over the radio
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Rosberg all over the back of Hamilton
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Lap 48/57: Massa now passes Button for P7
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Ricciardo passes Button on the exit of Turn 12
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Maldonado has been given a 10 second stop/go penalty for his clash with Gutierrez
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Hulkenberg also having a look at team-mate Perez
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Rosberg attacking Hamilton but he thinks better of it
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In peels the Safety Car and we're racing again!
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The Safety Car will come in at the end of the lap
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Rosberg is given the same message moments later
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Lap 46/57: "Can we make sure we bring both cars home?" Hamilton is told over the radio by Paddy Lowe ahead of the restart
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Lapped cars have now been cleared to overtake the Safety Car
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Lap 44/57: Marshals are still working to clear away debris
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We're all set for a thrilling finish at Sakhir!
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Lap 43/57: Hamilton's lead has been eradicated, with Rosberg now on the faster tyre
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Lots of smoke coming from the rear of the McLaren as it is pushed away
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Magnussen pulls off the circuit to retire
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Ferrari team-mates Alonso and Raikkonen also pit
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Hamilton takes on Mediums, while Rosberg switches to Softs
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Lap 42/57: Both Mercedes drivers have taken the opportunity to pit
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The Mexican was lucky to walk away from that one
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Replays show Maldonado tipping Gutierrez into a roll after exiting the pits
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Gutierrez steps out of his Sauber, while the Safety Car is deployed
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Lap 41/57: Gutierrez is off at Turn 1, following what appears to have been a big accident
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Remember, Hamilton is on Softs, with Rosberg using the Mediums
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On the previous lap, the pair set identical times
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Lap 40/57: Hamilton leading Rosberg by 9.5 seconds
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Massa rejoins just behind Ricciardo
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Magnussen also in for McLaren
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Massa makes his third stop, switching to Mediums
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Lap 39/57: Hulkenberg posts a new fastest lap of the race
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The Australian is up to 11th place
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Moments later, he overtakes Magnussen
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Lap 38/57: Ricciardo passes Raikkonen at Turn 4
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Lap 37/57: Vettel passes Maldonado for ninth position
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Mediums for both Button and Hulkenberg, who rejoin behind Perez and Alonso
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Ericsson pulls off the circuit to retire
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Button and Hulkenberg pit from third and fourth
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Lap 36/57: Perez passes Alonso at Turn 11
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Replays show that Vettel's stop was a slow one
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Mediums for Perez, Softs for Vettel
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Perez and Vettel dive into the pits
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Lap 35/57: Hamilton is told that he is "safe on fuel"
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Bottas gets by Ricciardo for seventh
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Medium tyres for the Ferrari man
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Raikkonen pits at the end of the lap
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Lap 34/57: Massa passes Raikkonen for P9
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Lap 33/57: Bottas quickly closes in on Ricciardo
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Bottas follows the Red Bull driver through along the back straight
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Lap 32/57: Ricciardo pulls a great move on Raikkonen at Turn 6
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He runs wide but gets back on track
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Having passed Ricciardo with DRS, he almost ran into the back of Raikkonen
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Lap 31/57: Bottas narrowly avoids disaster under braking for the first corner
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Hamilton, on Softs, is currently 7.5 seconds clear of his team-mate
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Lap 30/57: Rosberg is told that the time difference between the Soft and Medium tyres is not as much as the team had initially expected
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Massa puts on another set of Softs, while Alonso and Grosjean switch to the Mediums
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Lap 29/57: Massa, Alonso and Grosjean pit
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Raikkonen holds on to the position for now
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Replays show Ricciardo and Raikkonen battling over P9
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He finds a way past, shortly before team-mate Hulkenberg does the same
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Lap 28/57: Perez is now all over the back of Massa
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Lap 27/57: Button reports that his DRS has failed
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It's not clear if he is referring to Massa or Perez's bold driving
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"He didn't leave a space. He just pushed me right off," says Hulkenberg over the radio
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Hulkenberg loses momentum and Perez jumps past on the exit of Turn 4
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Massa narrowly fends off Hulkenberg through the first handful of corners
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Lap 26/57: Bottas pits for fresh rubber
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Bottas holds on for the time being...
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The fight for third steps up a gear, as Massa has a look at Bottas at Turn 1
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Vettel finally gets through under braking for the final corner
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Lap 25/57: Vettel all over the back of Raikkonen in the battle for P9
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The gap currently stands at 5.6 seconds
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Lap 24/57: Rosberg is closing back in on team-mate Hamilton
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They are third and fourth, with Hulkenberg and Perez closing in
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Massa is less than half a second behind Bottas and on fresher tyres
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Lap 23/57: We could see another team order situation unfolding at Williams
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Rosberg, who rejoins behind Hamilton, is told that this will be a "long stint"
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He switches to the Medium rubber
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Lap 22/57: Race leader Rosberg pits
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The top ten drivers have used a similar amount of fuel, ranging from 34 to 36 percent
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Sutil returns to the Sauber garage and retires his car
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Lap 21/57: Button passes Raikkonen at the first corner for P8
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Replays show Perez passing Alonso at Turn 4 for sixth
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Rosberg is told to push ahead of his first stop
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Bianchi has been given a drive through penalty for causing a collision
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A clean stop, as he takes on more Softs
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Lap 20/57: Hamilton pits from the lead
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Superb racing from the Mercedes pair
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But Hamilton fights back and gets back past on the exit of Turn 4!
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This time, the German stays ahead!
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Lap 19/57: Rosberg has another go into the first corner
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Button pits for a fresh set of Softs
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That was very, very close on the exit...
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Rosberg jumps past at Turn 1, but Hamilton fights back to keep the position
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Lap 18/57: Rosberg has cut the gap to team-mate and race leader Hamilton
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Perez stayed on Softs, while Vettel switched from Mediums to Softs
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Alonso takes P7 away from Maldonado
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After rejoining slightly out of position, Hulkenberg quickly passes Raikkonen and Kvyat
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Vettel also comes in, releasing Ricciardo
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Lap 17/57: Perez pits from third place
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Vettel is told to let Ricciardo pass him
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Lap 16/57: Hulkenberg pits from fifth place
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Magnussen dives into the pit lane for fresh rubber
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Stewards are now looking into the incident
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Lap 15/57: Bianchi pits with a puncture after clashing with Sutil
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Ricciardo is now cutting the gap to his team-mate
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Vettel complaining that his DRS is not working anymore
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Sutil has pulled off the track after a collision with Bianchi
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More Soft tyres for all three drivers
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Grosjean also pits in the Lotus
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Lap 14/57: Massa and Raikkonen are the next to pit
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More Softs for Alonso, who rejoins in 15th
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Lap 13/57: Alonso brings his Ferrari into the pits
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Ericsson and Chilton have pitted, with both men staying on the Softs
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Lap 12/57: Perez muscles his way past Massa for third place
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Magnussen runs wide at Turn 11, allowing Ricciardo to move ahead
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Ricciardo has caught up with Magnussen again
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Marussia driver Bianchi does the same
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Both drivers take on more Soft tyres
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Kvyat also brings his Toro Rosso in
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Lap 11/57: Bottas is the first of the frontrunners to pit
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Hulkenberg also slips past the Williams driver two corners later
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Lap 10/57: Button passes Bottas into Turn 1 for fifth place
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They are occupying the final three points positions at the moment
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Meanwhile, Alonso, Raikkonen and Vettel are involved in a tasty battle
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The Australian falls back and only just manages to keep Kvyat behind him
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Lap 9/57: Ricciardo dives up the inside of Magnussen, but locks up and runs wide
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Lap 8/57: Sutil makes an early stop to switch to the Soft tyres
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Kobayashi has jumped Caterham team-mate Ericsson for P18
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Ricciardo is all over the back of Magnussen in the battle for 11th
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Lap 7/57: "We're going for the alternative race strategy so you need to go longer on this stint and look after your tyres," Rosberg is informed
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"Look after your fronts. It looks like we have a little more understeer than the other car," Hamilton is told over the radio
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Lap 6/57: Replays show Hulkenberg passing Alonso for P7 into Turn 1
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Rosberg is told that he's saving more fuel than team-mate Hamilton
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Third-placed Massa is falling back at a vast rate of knots
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The Briton brings his lead over a second once more
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Lap 5/57: Hamilton responds to an improved lap from Rosberg
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Raikkonen then made contact with Magnussen through Turns 6 and 7
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The Ferraris got extremely close to each other through the opening two corners
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Replays show Massa jumping up the middle of his rivals at the start
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Race control confirms that DRS is now enabled
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Lap 3/57: Hamilton's advantage over Rosberg remains the same
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"Absolutely mental!" Vergne says of the incident
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The Frenchman made contact with Maldonado's Lotus
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Vergne has made it back to the pits for fresh rubber
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Hulkenberg pressuring Alonso at Turn 4
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Button is sixth, with Alonso, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen and Vettel completing the top 10
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Massa is third, ahead of Perez and Bottas
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Lap 2/57: Hamilton leads Rosberg by a second
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There's been a clash at the back, with Vergne picking up a puncture
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Rosberg has a look at Hamilton around the outside of Turn 4, but is forced wide!
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Rosberg slips to second, with Massa third and Perez fourth
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Hamilton surges into the lead on the run down to the first corner
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The Bahrain Grand Prix is go!
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The light sequence begins...
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The rest of the grid gradually forms behind him
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Rosberg rounds the final few corners and returns to his pole position slot
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Perez is a little slow to get away in the Force India
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Rosberg leads the field away on the formation lap
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Vettel and Sutil are the only drivers starting on the Medium compound tyre
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The tyre blankets come off and the mechanics move to the side of the track
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As expected, that's very similar to Saturday evening's qualifying hour
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 25°C and 29°C respectively
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The grid begins to clear as the drivers get strapped into their cars
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Just under 10 minutes until the lights go out
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Drivers are running through final discussions with their engineers on the grid
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The Bahrain national anthem now plays around the circuit
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Lots of cars are making their way to the grid now
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Formula 1 celebrates its 900th race, while Button marks 250 starts and Rosberg 150
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This evening's race plays host to a few special occasions
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second coming on the main straight
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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As a reminder, tyre supplier Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) compound tyres to Bahrain
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The full grid is available on our dedicated Bahrain Grand Prix panel
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Sauber's Adrian Sutil has been demoted to the bottom of the grid for blocking Lotus rival Romain Grosjean in the first qualifying phase
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Vettel missed the Q3 cut, but gains a position due to team-mate Ricciardo's grid drop
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Felipe Massa is seventh in the second Williams, with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel completing the top ten
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Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren's Jenson Button follow in fifth and sixth
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That promotes Williams driver Valtteri Bottas to third position, with Force India's Sergio Perez completing the second row of the grid
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Daniel Ricciardo had qualified third for Red Bull, but he drops to 13th with a penalty
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Hamilton, of course, made a crucial error on his final attempt in the top ten shootout, so he will be eager to make amends for that a little later this evening
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Mercedes were dominant in qualifying to lock out the front row for this evening's 57-lap encounter, with Nico Rosberg getting the better of Lewis Hamilton
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The sun is setting and we're edging closer to the first night race at Sakhir
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