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Summary

  1. Hamilton wins after last-minute brake problem
  2. Raikkonen takes 2nd on penultimate lap after Rosberg error
  3. Rosberg 3rd with same brake problem, Bottas 4th, Vettel 5th
  4. Rosberg battles with Ferraris during race
  5. Sainz, Verstappen, Button out

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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To the victor belong the spoils

So, for the third time in four races this season it is Lewis Hamilton who leaves a grand prix circuit with a win and 25 world championship points.

He now leads the way in the drivers' standings by 27 points from team-mate Nico Rosberg, which by any measure is a very nice cushion to recline on in the three weeks before the next race in Barcelona.

Hamilton takes home the largest of the four trophies arrayed below, which bear more than a passing resemblance to the FA Cup it must be said.

But that's another live page altogether.

Thanks for being with us. We'll see you in Spain.

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Watch: Ecclestone speaks

Bernie Ecclestone's candid chat with Eddie Jordan provoked a response from many of you on Twitter earlier - and not a lot of it good.

If you missed the interview - or want to watch again - you can do so

here.

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Brake issue was 'strange' - Rosberg

Speaking to BBC Sport, Nico Rosberg said: "It was very strange for my brakes to fail two laps from the end. I didn't even get a warning, it happened in the middle of my braking zone. I couldn't even see Kimi in my blind spot so maybe I could have defended into turn two so I had no idea where he was. After such an exciting race it was very disappointed. But that is the way it is and it is onwards and upwards and I am happy to have been able to pass the two Ferraris.

"After such a disappointing start I was in full attack mode, I had to fight, I saw Lewis getting away and had two red cars in between I went for it and it worked out."

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McLaren reserve driver Kevin Magnussen on Twitter: Good job to McLaren today. Getting close to points now. #stepbystep #BelieveInMcLarenHonda

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Hamilton employed 'failsafe' after brake problem

Lewis Hamilton has been speaking to BBC Sport: "I felt quite comfortable, didn't feel under too much pressure from Kimi. I was feeling good then the brakes went long and I thought I had a brake failure, but I think Nico had something similar. I remembered a failsafe and that reset it, but I didn't push the brakes too much after that."

On his plans before the next race in Barcelona: "I'm leaving in like half an hour or something, back to Monaco where I will spend a couple of days back at home and then I start work on Wednesday. I'm excited to get back to Europe and see Roscoe and my sister and my mum."

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Get involved - is Hamilton unstoppable? #bbcf1

Rachel T: Lewis looks like he is now off to win Wimbledon [he was decked out all in white post-race]. With his winning mentality, it could happen.

Bathembu: I believe Ferrari is capable of It. Both drivers possess great pace and racecraft. They need a car equal to the W06.

F1 Images: Lewis has great pace and determination, Nico has to come out with something else, today was a improvement from other races.

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With three wins in four races, Lewis Hamilton is very much hitting the 2015 season out of the park - and it seems he knows it.

Overdue podium for Raikkonen

Today's race saw Kimi Raikkonen earn his first podium finish since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix.

He also claimed the fastest lap of the race, the 41st of his career to tie with Alain Prost for second on the all-time list. Michael Schumacher leads the way with 77.

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Felipe Massa, P10 for Williams: "My car wouldn't switch on for the start, but then they changed a setting and it switched on. I started from the back of the grid and was gaining positions but unfortunately Maldonado hit my back in corner four and damaged something. It was a frustrating race."

More engine woe at Red Bull

Team boss Christian Horner: "We are now on our engine limit. That's three engines in four races."

Daniel Ricciardo's Renault engine exploded as he crossed the line today, and restrictions on the number of engines a team can use in a season is becoming a big concern for the team.

Daniel Ricciardo, P6 for Red Bull: "I drove well but it was a bit of a lonely sixth place. I think the team is getting there we are getting there, making improvements. The top three teams are out of reach but coming into the European season and I think we will find a bit more. The biggest gaps have been seen and I think they will only get smaller."

Eric Boullier, racing manager of McLaren: "We apologise to Jenson that we could not give him a reliable car. Hopefully for Barcelona we will have a new back end of the car and we can forget this weekend."

Fernando Alonso, P11 for McLaren: "I have to be realistic and I am happy with the race today. We has concerns and you saw with Jenson who did not even start the race. I was important to finish the race and get some laps done. We have an important three weeks ahead to increase the performance and reliability. But to finish the race more less competitively is the best news of the day."

Get involved - #bbcf1

Yesterday we asked you "what's up with Nico?" Today, because we're a contrary bunch, we're doing a U-turn and asking if he's got his mojo back after a battling drive today?

Even if the answer is yes, is a fully-firing Rosberg any match for Hamilton, who stayed well away from the Rosberg-Ferrari squabble today and is now 27 points clear in the title race?

And what of McLaren? We were more than sceptical of Alonso's claims that they'd be in the points by Barcelona, but boy did he show us. P11 today and upgrades to come for the next race. Can McLaren actually save their season?

Get in touch using #bbc1 on any of these subjects - or indeed anything else that takes your fancy.

Bottas delights in fourth-placed finish

Valtteri Bottas, fourth place: "It felt really good to keep Vettel behind me. Ferrari have a quicker car and he was closing quickly but I knew a few tricks to defend and that worked.

"We have plenty of work to do. If we want to fight with Ferrari then we need more pace in the car. We need to push really hard and may be able to squeeze a few extra points."

Strong performance by Stevens

Special mention for Britain's Will Stevens, who finished well ahead of Manor team-mate Roberto Merhi.

After having no pre-season programme, the team got both cars home today, with Stevens taking 16th place, more than 40 seconds ahead of Merhi.

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David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"I was disappointed for Nico this was the most racy he has been in Formula 1, wheel to wheel racing he was great today."

QPR striker Charlie Austin on Twitter: Great drive by Hamilton but what a performance by Raikkonen.

Force India on Twitter: Back to the points, with merit - one more step in the right direction. Great work by drivers, crew and team!

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Wolff: We need to analyse overheating

Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss: "It was a huge relief as both cars lost brake power. It was a shame for Nico he was having a great race and did some great overtaking.

"We need to analyse the overheating problem. Looking at the result we were not dominant and Ferrari are catching up. We need to do everything we can to continue to beat them."

Vettel takes blame for missed podium

Sebastian Vettel, fourth place: "I went wide on the last corner and damaged my front wing. I felt like I had less front grip and decided to pit which was the right call. It was a shame as I got stuck and could not get in front.

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"I feel like I let the team down a little when it was in reach. Kimi proved with second it is possible and he drove a good race. It would have been difficult to catch Nico and overtake as we were both on the same tyre and I had some damage to my front wing but I recovered well and got some decent points."

Hamilton a back-to-back Bahrain winner

Hamilton has become the fourth man to win back-to-back races in Bahrain.

Fernando Alonso was the first man to achieve the feat with victories for Renault in 2005 and 2006, with Felipe Massa (below) following suit for Ferrari in 2007 and 2008, and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel doing likewise in 2012 and 2013.

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Williams on Twitter: Sparks in the sky and on the race track. We like!

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Constructors' championships standings after four rounds

1. Mercedes 159

2. Ferrari 107

3. Williams 61

4. Red Bull 23

5. Sauber 19

6. Lotus 12

Podium interviews

Nico Rosberg, third place: "I enjoyed overtaking the red car, I liked that a lot. I couldn't catch Lewis as were were pretty similar as he pulled away and then I lost my brakes and went straight on two laps from the end and it cost me second place."

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Podium interviews

Kimi Raikkonen, second place: "I am never happy when I finish second. After a difficult start of the year it as a good place to get some results and we came though very quickly in the end but unfortunately we ran out of laps. We have to be happy after the way we qualified and way we finished but we will be looking for better results.

"Very happy with team to where we were last year, we have taken a big step and are working together in a good direction, we are improving as a tam and will be fighting for wins."

Podium interviews

Lewis Hamilton, first place: "Ferrari gave us a really good run for our money and we will need to keep pushing as a team. It was difficult to look after my tyres in the conditions. My brakes got a bit warm when I went behind a few back markers, there was no cool air coming in but it wasn't a problem."

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Drivers' championship standings after four rounds

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 93

2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 66

3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 65

4. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 42

5. Felipe Massa (Williams) 31

6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams) 30

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"Ferrari came off the back of a strong winter and you have got to be impressed by how quickly they have developed the car. If Mercedes don't react then they will be taken over by Ferrari."

Sir Jackie Stewart on the podium

No Ed Moses today.

We'll have to make do with three-time world champion and 27-time race winner Sir Jackie Stewart.

Of course a three-time champion is exactly what Lewis Hamilton wants to be come the end of this season. Not bad company to be in.

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Final clasification

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Fireworks over Sakhir

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Podium chatter

Rosberg speaking to Raikkonen ahead of the podium ceremony: "I lost my brakes."

Brake problems for both Mercedes

Mercedes have confirmed that brake problems affected both drivers in the final couple of laps.

A big scare for the world champions.

Still, they made it home.

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