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Michael Emons

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That ends our live text coverage of what was a brilliant Bahrain Grand Prix.

    Sebastian Vettel held on to continue his perfect start to the season with two wins out of two.

    Thank you for joining us and for all your comments. Hope you all enjoyed that as much as we did.

    Until next time, bye for now.

    Sebastian Vettel
  2. China next up

    There is not long to wait before the next race of the season, with the Chinese Grand Prix taking place next Sunday.

    The schedule for China is...

    • Practice one - Friday, 13 April - 03:00 BST.
    • Practice two - Friday - 07:00 BST
    • Practice three - Saturday, 14 April - 04:00 BST
    • Qualifying - Saturday - 07:00 BST
    • Race - Sunday, 15 April - 07:10 BST

    That race was the second of last season, but will be the third of 2018. Last year Lewis Hamilton won, with Sebastian Vettel second and Max Verstappen third.

    As always, there will be live text commentary sessions on the BBC Sport website as well as 5 live commentary.

    Lewis Hamilton
  3. Vettel wins spectacular Bahrain GP - read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer in Bahrain


    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel drove a masterful race to fend off Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to win a nail-biting Bahrain Grand Prix.

    Vettel hung on ahead of the charging Mercedes on the final lap to take his second win in two races this season and one of the best of his illustrious career.

    In a dramatic, strategic and unpredictable race, a Ferrari mechanic was injured when he was run over by Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at a pit stop.

    Lewis Hamilton recovered to third place after starting ninth, including one stunning moment when he passed three cars in effectively one move early in the race.

    Vettel now has a 17-point lead over Hamilton after two of 21 races this season.

  4. 'Hopefully a better fight with Ferraris in China'

    Lewis Hamilton, who jumped up from ninth to third, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am honestly really happy with it. Emotion is always firing. I am sure people watching on the edge of their seats can get an idea. It is so intense.

    "I was really grateful my car was not broken (after the early Verstappen clash) because that would have been difficult but I am 17 points down after two races.

    "Hopefully at the next race we will have a better understanding of the tyres and a better fight with the Ferraris."

  5. Lucky, lucky people

    The race attendance has been revealed and 33,000 lucky people were present in Bahrain to watch that one.

    They won't be forgetting this one any time soon. Sebastian Vettel wins it by only 0.6 seconds.

  6. 'I wanted to win so we cannot be fully satisfied'

    Valtteri Bottas, who finished second, speaking to Sky Sports: "The race is 57 laps and Sebastian got to the flag quickest so he won. It is disappointing when you get so close but I have to say the last three laps my tyres started to go off. What is positive today is that the race pace was very good.

    "We struggled all the race with tyre overheating issues so we had to manage the tyres a lot. You could push a few laps but then had to back off.

    "It is a difficult one, but when I was approaching turn one for the last time and probably having the best opportunity I could see he knew what I was going to do. When I braked I saw he would block it, he didn't go wide and had a good run to turn four. He was awake.

    "It is positive in a way with Melbourne a pretty bad first race of the season. One mistake in qualifying cost me the weekend. Pace wise it has been good this weekend but I wanted to win so we cannot be fully satisfied."

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    Phil Slocombe: Still only 17 points in it; that's manageable. Would have been in single figures if Valtteri had made a better fist of it, he had the speed and the tyres but no killer instict.

    Kunal: Bottas would have been much more aggressive with Hamilton as compared to Vettel. Disappointing.

    Driver standings
  8. Vettel's fourth Bahrain win

    That win from Sebastian Vettel was his fourth in Bahrain, after successes in 2017, 2013 and 2012.

    This was the 14th race there and these are the drivers who have won in the desert.

    • 4 times - Sebastian Vettel
    • 3 times - Fernando Alonso
    • 2 times - Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton
    • 1 time - Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button, Nico Rosberg
  9. 'We just managed to stay ahead'

    Race winner Sebastian Vettel, speaking to Sky Sports: "The plan changed once at the end, Valtteri was closing in and we didn't have the luxury to wait and respond to what he was doing.

    "We went on the soft tyre and they were on the medium tyres so with something like 20 laps I got the call to say how are we changing strategy because the tyres were starting to come off.

    "With 10 laps to go it was as if the hammer dropped and the tyres were really struggling but we just managed to stay ahead of Valtteri."

  10. 'A massive point'

    Force India's Esteban Ocon, who finished 10th, told Sky Sports: "There were very hot moments everywhere throughout the race.

    "This one point is massive for the team and I am sure we will continue to improve. We know where we need to push to do that and I am sure we can.

    Ocon's team-mate Sergio Perez, who finished 12th, said: "The contact with Brendon [Hartley] pretty much ruined the race

    "It was a massive opportunity to score big points. I had massive damage on the floor but recovered and nearly made it into the points."

  11. Encouragement for Leclerc

    Although not in the points for Sauber, it was also still an encouraging performance for Ericsson's team-mate Charles Leclerc, the 20-year-old competing in only his second Formula 1 race.

    He came 14th, finishing ahead of Haas' Romain Grosjean and the Williams pair of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin who were the last two finishers.

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  12. 'A new chapter'

    Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, who finished ninth, speaking to Sky Sports: "I am extremely happy and proud of the team. We have worked very hard.

    "This year is a new chapter with the team, a fresh start and to score points in the second race of the season is a great boost for everyone."

  13. 'We cannot stand still'

    Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, who finished fifth: "It wasn't a P4 but after a bad time since Australia it was good to get some points and get a nice result and get the Championship going. Thanks to the guys.

    "It is our job to keep this performance and this level. We cannot stand still."

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  14. Vettel's trophy

    Sebastian Vettel is also one happy man. Two races, two wins. The perfect start to his season.

  15. 'Throw him higher'

    That smile when you have picked up your best ever finish. Congratulations to 22-year-old Pierre Gasly.

    Pierre Gasly
  16. What happened with that Verstappen-Hamilton incident?

    Max Verstappen, speaking to Sky Sports, after his race ended early on: "I had a good run out of the last corner, I went through the inside, Lewis tried to go on the outside."

    Did you give enough room for him? "From my side, yes."

    Hamilton verstappen
  17. 'Good points, but need to raise our game'

    McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who finished seventh, tells Sky Sports: "Both cars in the points, good job by the team. Points are given on the Sunday and we scored good points today looking at how the weekend started.

    "Definitely we need to improve and make a step forward. We need to raise the game because it is not enough at the moment, although we are delivering on Sunday."

  18. McLaren third in constructors'

    They have had their critics, but McLaren are there in third place in the Constructors' Championship.

    Sauber pick up some rare points with Marcus Ericsson's ninth-place finish, while Williams remain the only team without anything on the board.

  19. Ferrari mechanic suffers broken leg

    An update from Ferrari on their mechanic, Francesco, who was involved in the pit stop incident with Kimi Raikkonen.

    BBC Sport app users may need to click on the link to see the tweet.

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  20. Listen to the moment Vettel won the race

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    Video caption: Vettel holds off Bottas to take victory in the Bahrain desert