Race

Nico Rosberg claimed his first-ever victory in the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix at a brilliantly floodlit Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

Rosberg put in a dominant drive as he claimed his second successive victory to start the. He charged off the start line cleanly and immediately took over as the leader before enjoying a flawless and untroubled race from then on.

The win was Rosberg’s fifth in a row dating back to the final three races of last season and including Australia at the start of this championship.

Podium Placers Quotes

An elated Rosberg said after the race:

“It’s been an awesome weekend,” said Rosberg. “The key was the start; I had a quick getaway and from then on I was trying to control the pace. It’s absolutely awesome to get the win.”

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished as the runner-up for the second straight year, while Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton completed the podium placers.

Rosberg led much of the race by a comfortable margin and at the end of the 57-lap challenge was classified 10.2 seconds in front of Raikkonen. Hamilton was well behind the leading pair, finishing the race 30.148s behind the winner.

Raikkonen stated:

“I had a bad start, after a few laps, I had gone straight behind Nico and it was pretty hard to recover. It was bad luck.”

Added Hamilton, whose two-year winning streak in Bahrain ended tonight:

“A big thank you to the fans. I got some incredible support here; I’ve been so well taken care of.”

What Media Said

While Lewis Hamilton spluttered off the line, Rosberg roared into the lead and never looked back. True, he was never challenged for the rest of the evening, strolling ahead into the distance, but the German did not put a foot wrong. He did all he had to do, no more, no less. – Daniel Johnson, The Telegraph.