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Summary

  1. Vettel wins, Hamilton 2nd, Bottas 3rd
  2. Hamilton given time penalty for obstructing Ricciardo
  3. Verstappen suffers brake failure
  4. Vandoorne, Magnussen, Verstappen, Sainz, Stroll, Ericsson out
  5. Get involved #bbcf1

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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It's advantage Sebastian Vettel after three races but you get the feeling this season is going to see plenty of twists and turns. 

On to Russia next, where Lewis Hamilton has won two of the three races. If there is one thing you can guarantee about the Briton it is that he comes back more determined than ever after a setback.

See you in two weeks!

'Didn't have the pace'

Fernando Alonso's radio was great entertainment today, although I'm not sure he will find it all as funny as we did.

He failed to finish the race for the third time this season.

"We push every single lap," Alonso wrote on Instagram. "Didn't have the pace to be in the points today. Let's hope for a better race in Russia."

Ferrari for the title?

Will Ferrari have Mercedes worried?

Eleven out of the 12 Bahrain GP winners prior to this year have been from the team that ended up winning the constructors' title that season. 

The exception was Fernando Alonso for Ferrari in 2010.  

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'We lost a lot of points today'

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who did not finish the race: "I had a brake failure on the rear - the car was performing a lot better and we did the undercut on the two Mercedes so could have taken seconds place. We lost a lot of points today". 

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who finished fifth: "At the beginning of the race I genuinely thought we had a chance in this race - it looked like Valtteri was struggling in front of me and I was looking after my tyres. But then with the safety car came out and we switched to the softs and they never 'switched on' as we say. 

"I really struggled with that restart - that soft tyre never came good for us as it didn't in China. I was on Massa's pace today and we know we are quicker than that.

"It's obviously frustrating that the softs are not working with us. Obviously you could look at the Mercedes and the Ferraris - they have a lot more downforce than us so the softs work for them but it highlighted our problem and it's something we can now address".

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Shaheed Williams: Ferrari have the better race pace, Seb was managing the race. Mercedes Quali engine mode is what makes them better in Quali.  

Babatunde Sakiru: After the departure of Paddy Lowe, Mercedes are struggling with their strategy. Efficient reaction needed.

'The worst thing you can hear as a driver'

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas has just been speaking during the driver's press conference. 

He was asked how he felt when he was asked to move out of the way for team mate Lewis Hamilton... 

"As a racing driver it's the worst thing you can hear but I did it because I knew it could have potentially helped the team. But personally it was tough - I don't know why but I just didn't have the pace today."

Sebastian Vettel is the first Ferrari driver since Michael Schumacher to win at least two of the first three races.

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff speaking to Sky Sports F1: "We had a problem with the generator and couldn't bleed Valtteri's tyres and therefore we were a few PSI too high and then couldn't get the pace back again. 

"You try not to interfere with the race but sometimes you have to make a call that is not a nice one for one of the drivers. 

"You sometimes have to choose between losing the race or making a call that isn't nice potentially winning the race. 

"I don't want to even discuss the title fight because we are only three races down and I don't want to make that call yet. I am not going to answer that! I have only just finished the race - let me off the hook!"

Listen to the moment Vettel won the race

Sebastian Vettel takes victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
DRIVER STANDINGS: Vettel opens up a 7-point gap at the top after his 2nd win in 3 races

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DRIVER STANDINGS: Vettel opens up a 7-point gap at the top after his 2nd win in 3 races #BahrainGP 🇧🇭

Sebastian Vettel's wins in Australia and now Bahrain means he has the advantage in the title race. 

It is certainly looking like a battle between himself and Lewis Hamilton for the world championship, and what a battle it is shaping up to be.

'I found some eggs'

Final word from Sebastian Vettel, including a terrible attempt at shoehorning an Easter pun in there.

"It is a long year," he said. "I am really enjoying it - the car is a pleasure. I was a bit down yesterday after qualifying because the gap was so big but something inside me told me we have a good car. The Easter hunt was on and we found some good eggs.

"I have been reasonably successful here the last couple of years. I love the trophy because it is beautiful."

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'Best weekend so far'

Third placed Valtteri Bottas: "It was really tricky race today. I struggled with the pace all through the race. I was limited and was out of tools on the steering wheel and I was oversteering all through the race and that's why they pace was slow. 

"But it was the best weekend for me so far and I think there is a lot more to come from me with this team."

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'I tried my hardest'

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Lewis Hamilton, who finished second: "Congratulations to Seb. The pitlane was my fault and apologies to the team. I tried my hardest to catch up. We will push hard together, keep fighting.

"Losing points for the team is definitely painful but it is what it is. I am getting old!"

'The car was a dream'

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Race winner Sebastian Vettel: It was a really great day. It was the last half of the out lap when all the fireworks werre going off I was like. "I love what I do". 

It was a great team effort today and I felt like we are quick. I tried to put Valtteri under pressure. But the early pit stop worked.  

When the safety car came I was like "not again!" I thought we would have lost the advantage but I had a good feeling yesterday. Lewis was obviously a threat again towards the end but the car was a dream today. 

A marshal is having the time of his life revving a motorbike on the start-finish straight. Only problem is it is almost drowning out the podium interviews!

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff on Radio 5 live: We knew from the outset we were going to have problems with Valtteri but we didn't know we were not going to be able to recover it. 

Non-Executive Chairman at Mercedes Niki Lauda: Ferrari won it. no question. It's 2-1 to Ferrari and now we had to fight back. 

Of course I like the battle - I wish it could be 2-1 the other way but of course it's great.

Sebastian Vettel conducts the crowd on top of the podium as the German and Italian anthems are played.

Vettel moves onto three wins in Bahrain, joint most with Fernando Alonso.

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Jeremiah Kariuki: That's one race where we have seen so much pushing from Hamilton! He was in real racing mode in the last 12 or so laps!   

Rob Elmore: Love the way Hamilton is not happy coming second!

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Ferrari knew the strategy they were going with and they stuck to it and it put all the pressure on Mercedes. 

I am sure Hamilton will look at the fact there were a whole six seconds between Vettel and himself but the reality is Sebastian was the fastest man out there today. 

It was an emphatic victory today from Ferrari. 

Sebastian Vettel tries to spark up some chat with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas. Not happening.

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Not much chatting between the drivers in the pre-podium room. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas are sat down, drinking water while admiring the pictures of past Bahrain GP race winners.

Bahrain GP - the rest

11) Wehrlein 12) Kvyat 13) Palmer 

Did not finish: Alonso, Ericsson, Sainz, Stroll, Verstappen, Magnussen, Vandoorne.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

We are seeing Mercedes under pressure which we haven't seen for some time and they are not reacting well, it has to be said. 

Bahrain GP top 10

1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Bottas 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Massa 7) Perez 8) Grosjean 9) Hulkenberg 10) Ocon

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Lewis Hamilton finishes second and Valtteri Bottas takes third. 

Sebastian Vettel moves seven points clear of Hamilton at the top of the drivers' championship. 

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Chequered flag

SEBASTIAN VETTEL WINS THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX.

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Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

Sebastian Vettel has been managing his race and these tyres very well and Ferrari had the strategy spot on right from the beginning. 

FINAL LAP

Lewis Hamilton is be backing off. He's coasting round on the final lap and appears to have settled for second.

Here comes Sebastian Vettel for his second win of the season...

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Looks like Sebastian Vettel has done just enough despite a valiant drive by Lewis Hamilton.

Two laps to go and gap is up to 6.8 seconds now.

Something is wrong with Fernando Alonso's McLaren. He has slowed right down and is passed by Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer.

"Engine! Engine problem," bemoans Alonso. "Box now."

Sebastian Vettel has now got clear of the lapped Fernando Alonso and Pascal Wehrlein. Lewis Hamilton still has that traffic to pick his way through. 

The gap between race leader Vettel and Hamilton is down to 5.6 seconds...

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Lewis Hamilton gets past his first bit of traffic as he gets ahead of Jolyon Palmer. Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, is now preparing to lap Fernando Alonso.

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