Hamilton Beats Raikkonen Amid Brake Drama To Bahrain Grand Prix Win

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Lewis Hamilton took the victory under the lights in the desert in the 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was second for Mercedes and Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari. 

Hamilton appeared to lose time in the final laps, which was explained after the race as brake troubles. Hamilton said it was never going to be a big issue and held on for the win.

“I think my brakes got a bit warm behind a few backmarkers,” he explained.

“When you are behind you don’t get cool air, so they got a bit warm. But it wasn’t really a problem.”

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Kimi Raikkonen was content with second place and said that the Ferrari team did not expect to be fighting for wins this early in the season.

“We had decent speed today, I think we just have to keep working and improving the whole package,” said the 2007 world champion.

“I’m sure we will get there and we can fight every weekend after that.

“I’m very happy with the team and I think many people didn’t expect after last year that we would be in this position this early.

“We will start winning [more] races. We have to be patient and do the same work as we have done so far and we will get there.”

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Nico Rosberg was disappointed to lose second on the final lap as problems with braking caused him to go wide at the first turn, allowing Raikkonen past to take second.

“I tried to catch Lewis, but that was impossible,” Rosberg said. “I struggled with the brakes.

“I lost the brakes two laps from the end and went straight on.

“I had to carry the car home for the last two laps.”

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Fernando Alonso finished an encouraging, but ultimately, disappointing race the Spaniard finishing in 11th, just outside of the points.

“We were not fast enough to be in the top 10, but we finished the race and got some experience on the car,” said Alonso.

“Things seemed to work fine on my side.

“Jenson, sadly, could not start the race so we need to look at many things for Barcelona.

“We have three weeks to increase the performance, to increase the reliability.”

 

Bahrain Grand Prix Result

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1h35m05.809s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 3.380s
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 6.033s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 42.957s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 43.989s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m01.751s
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m24.763s
8 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1 Lap
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1 Lap
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1 Lap
16 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 2 Laps
17 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 3 Laps
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault Electrical
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault Wheel
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Not started
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