Lewis Hamilton snatched victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix from Charles Leclerc as the rookie Ferrari driver’s car suffered a power loss in the closing laps.
After Saturday’s display by Ferrari’s new boy driver Charles Leclerc, beating his own world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel to pole position, it looked like he could romp away to victory in the race. And he almost did.
In just his second race for Ferrari, 21-year-old Leclerc was cruising to victory with just 11 lap s to go when his Ferrari lost power, his top speed dropped by more than 30mph, and in the space of a couple of laps Hamilton, running nine seconds behind, had caught and passed the Ferrari. As did Bottas in the second Mercedes.
It was a cruel blow for the young Ferrari driver who, despite as poor start – dropping to third off the line but back in front by lap six – deserved the win, but a late safety car after Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault ended up stranded on track meant he finished in third place as the race ended.
Behind the Mercedes pair and Leclerc it was Max Vertsappen in third, with Vettel only managing fifth after he spun when tussling with Hamilton for second place on lap 38, lost hid front wing and was ninth when he rejoined.
Behind Vettel, Lando Norris drove his McLaren to sixth place – McLaren’s best finish for a year – Raikkonen was seventh for Alfa, Gasly eighth for Red Bull, Albon ninth for Toro Rosso and Perez took the last points place. The Williams cars were last of the finishers.
But despite the win for Mercedes, it was Charles Leclerc making the biggest impression in the Ferrari.