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The Winners and Losers of the Bahrain Grand Prix

Sometimes, things just go your way. And on Sunday, Lewis Hamilton was in luck. It hadn’t been his finest weekend up until the final 10 laps of the race. The reigning world champion had insisted Ferrari were “incredibly quick” after practice, and in the race, that proved to be the case. During the middle stint, he lacked pace and lost a place to Sebastian Vettel. But then it all changed after the final stops. Hamilton was more comfortable on the mediums and hunted down Vettel, launching a brilliant move on the brakes to take second. Hamilton profits from Leclerc reliability woe to win in Bahrain That meant he was in prime position to benefit from Charles Leclerc’s engine disaster, inheriting the lead to secure his first victory of the season, his third in Bahrain and the 74th of his career. Remarkably, it was his 52nd victory in 102 turbo hybrid era races – which incidentally is more than Alain Prost managed in his career. What’s more, Hamilton had the measure of team mate Valtteri Bottas all weekend, a satisfying result following the Finn’s dominant performance in the season opener. Hamilton is just a point shy of Bottas now and will likely feel that order has been restored. Loser: Sebastian Vettel

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