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  1. Rosberg wins, Raikkonen 2nd, Hamilton 3rd after first-corner collision
  2. Ricciardo 4th, Grosjean 5th, Verstappen 6th
  3. Bottas penalised for hitting Hamilton
  4. Vettel's engine fails on way to the grid
  5. Vettel, Palmer, Button, Gutierrez, Sainz out

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Ding ding! 

Two rounds down and Nico Rosberg is up on points but if there is anything you can be sure of in Formula 1, it is that Lewis Hamilton will come back fighting.

Now we head to China in a fortnight with a few questions left to be answered.

Can Nico Rosberg continue his winning run?

What will the qualifying format be in Shanghai?

What on earth will Lewis Hamilton wear to the paddock this time?

That's all from us. Have a gander at Andrew Benson's race report here and until next time, goodbye.

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Alonso back for China?

Fernando Alonso won't have liked having to watch that race from the garage and he will be desperate to be back in the McLaren in China.

He has just posted this picture and comment on his instagram page: "It was an interesting weekend from another point of view. Always useful to learn other things. See you in China, stronger than ever.."

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A first for Toro Rosso

Great 6th place for @Max33Verstappen! Our first points ever at the #BahrainGP 👏🏼🙌🏼😁🇧🇭🏁

Great 6th place for @Max33Verstappen! Our first points ever at the #BahrainGP 👏🏼🙌🏼😁🇧🇭🏁

The Iceman likes it hot

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Kimi Raikkonen seems to like the Bahrain desert - this was his eighth podium finish in Sakhir since it hosted its first grand prix in 2004.

The Finn actually retired after seven laps of that inaugural race too. Since then his results have been as follows (not forgetting he was absent from F1 in 2010 and 2011 - and there was no Bahrain GP in 2011):

2005: 3rd

2006: 3rd

2007: 3rd

2008: 2nd

2009: 6th

2012: 2nd

2013: 2nd

2014: 10th

2015: 2nd

2016: 2nd

Still waiting for a win though...


Mercedes' Nico Rosberg cruises to victory at the Bahrain International Circuit

Drivers standings

Here's how the drivers standings looks after two races and Nico Rosberg leads the way with 50 points.

Lewis Hamilton is just 17 points behind, though. Nothing in the grand scheme of things.

1: Rosberg 50 

2: Hamilton 33

3: Ricciardo 24

4: Raikkonen 18

5: Grosjean 18

6: Vettel 15

7: Massa 14

8: Verstappen 9

9: Hulkenberg 6

10: Kvyat 6

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Scott Wiseman: It's between Romain Grosjean and Stoffel Vandoorne for driver of the day! Race a 7, too many incidents but some great moves!  

The Pob: Got to give it to Nico Rosberg, perfect job!

Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished 10th: "I've felt great since the beginning of the weekend. To get a point in my first race is amazing."  

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That moment when a two-time former world champion is beaten to picking up McLaren's first points of the season by a rookie who wasn't even meant to be racing...

Who to give the driver of the day award to? So many good performances today. 

Lewis Hamilton deserves a mention for his recovery drive but then there is Romain Grosjean getting a quite frankly unbelievable fifth for Haas. That's on the back of sixth in Australia. A podium next?

Then, of course, there is Stoffel Vandoorne - 10th in his first-ever race. What a result.

Lewis Hamilton

Some more booms from Nico Rosberg. 

Bonus shot of Lewis Hamilton's back.

Sometimes when we touch...


Valtteri Bottas, speaking about his clash with Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race: "I was trying to brake as hard as I could, but I went a bit sideways and we hit."

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

"Lewis will feel in a straight fight he can have the upper hand but he can't afford to keep having issues at the start. A great result for Nico Rosberg."

Stirling Moss

This was Nico Rosberg's 16th career win - putting him level with Sir Stirling Moss. 

Continuing on from last season Rosberg has now also won five races in a row.

The gauntlet has well and truly been thrown down.

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Phil Slocombe: Despite 2 wins Nico only leads by 17 points, still all to play for.

Taiwo Sollist: Excellent drive from #StoffelVandoorne in the #McLaren. He has definitely made a very strong claim for a seat next year.

'I couldn't fight with Kimi'

Lewis Hamilton

Third-placed Lewis Hamilton says his slow getaway was not caused by the same issue he had in Melbourne.

He says: "Two separate incidents, both equally painful - perhaps today more painful. Again, damage limitation. Congratulations to Nico.

"The team was hoping that potentially there would be a safety car. I had so much damage to the car, I couldn't fight with Kimi."

Podium interviewer David Coulthard asks him about him arriving in traditional Bahrain dress today and Hamilton is full of compliments for the locals, as ever.

"I've got some incredible support here. A big thanks to the Crown Prince."

'A pretty good result'

Kimi Raikkonen

Second-place Kimi Raikkonen: "I had a bad start - we did what we could and tried to recover and had a pretty good result."

'Start was the key'


Race winner Nico Rosberg: "For sure, it's been an awesome weekend. The key was the start. i had a great getaway and from there I was just trying to control the race."

Time for the podium interviews and David Coulthard, with his neat salmon pink shirt and blue suit jacket combo, is the man tasked with putting the questions to the drivers.

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Javel Bleach: Can't deny Rosberg is the best driver out there since last season.

Benedict Salido: HAM fans still in denial about the last 3 consecutive wins by ROS at end of last season, saying he backed down. Wake up, 2-0.

Kayleigh Gray: Amazing race for Rosberg and Vandoorne! Points for McLaren! 

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Great to see the two Mercedes drivers congratulating each other at the end of that race - not something we saw from the middle to end of last season."

Lewis Hamilton pops over to congratulate his team-mate on the win. Good to see. 

Then to the pre-podium room. Not much talking being done there, everyone exhausted after such a chaotic start perhaps.

Bahrain GP result

1) Rosberg 2) Raikkonen 3) Hamilton 4) Ricciardo 5) Grosjean 6) Verstappen 7) Kvyat 8) Mssa 9) Bottas 10) Vandoorne



Team radio - race winner Nico Rosberg

"Yeah! Awesome guys! Yeah!"

Nico Rosberg double fist punches the air before climbing out of his Mercedes. He pulls off his helmet to reveal a beaming grin. He's loving this win, his second in succession so far this season. What a start to 2016. 

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Nico Rosberg
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A place on the podium once again for Kimi Raikkonen as he finishes second, while Lewis Hamilton completes a great recovery drive to take third.

Chequered flag


Nico Rosberg
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And Daniil Kvyat makes the manoeuvre to nick seventh from the Williams. Great drive from the Red Bull after a poor qualifying.


Into the closing stages and the closest battle in the top 10 is between Daniil Kvyat (8th) and Felipe Massa (7th). Just two tenths of a second between them.

Yep, a place on the podium is all but a certainty for Lewis Hamilton. He is third and 40s ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Behind the Red Bull, though, is another great Haas story developing. Romain Grosjean is on target for fifth. Brilliant stuff.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"This is a great save by Lewis Hamilton after what happened at the start. He'll relish the fact that they've got Ferrari there. Let's look forward and be happy."

The second poor start in a row from #LewisHamilton following reduction is launch driver aids... #BBCF1 #Formula1 #BahrainF1

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"I still think it's not over in terms of wheel to wheel racing at the front."

Stoffel Vandoorne is firmly on course for a point-scoring debut. The man in the McLaren is currently 10th but Kevin Magnussen is but a speck in his rear mirrors. 

Way up ahead, Nico Rosberg leads by 6.8s seconds. Kimi Raikkonen is looking set to miss out on victory in Bahrain once again. So near, yet so far.

Kimi Raikkonen
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Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Daniil Kvyat is under pressure and Max Verstappen is breathing down his neck. Kvyat's rather disappointing form is something we have commented on and no doubt Dr Helmut Marko is watching closely."


A right old scuffle developing between Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas. The Williams is trying to hold onto eighth but Kvyat has the tyres. He is on super softs and the two are racing side by side. A little smile from Frank Williams watching on, and there's barely enough space for air to flow between them but Kvyat holds his nerve and takes eighth.

Nico Rosberg is 6.6s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. He's looking very good for his second win of the year. Could this be his year?

Lewis Hamilton is still trying to claw at some of Raikkonen's advantage, which currently stands at 13s, but the world champion is running out of laps.