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A gap of one second and Hamilton had it all, Force India on podium with Perez.



Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton (C) raises his trophy after winning the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix as he celebrates with his teammate Nico Rosberg (2L) and Force India driver Sergio Perez (R) of Mexico on the podium at Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 6, 2014. Hamilton won the race ahead of Mercedes teammate Rosberg after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel, with Perez in third place. AFP PHOTO / MARWAN NAAMANI

Lewis Hamilton edged out Nico Rosberg by a time gap of 1 second to win at Bahrain Grand Prix. Both the drivers of Mercedes had a close and tough competition from each other.

Rosberg had the advantage of softer tyres for the showdown and had several stabs at passing Hamilton using DRS into the Michael Schumacher corner. But none of these helped him to defeat his teammate. Hamilton still prevailed with his medium tyres and at the end stood ahead of everyone else out there.

helped Force India get their first podium a long time after Spa 2009.

It had been a long time since both Force India and Perez himself had a podium. However, it only took three races for Perez with Force India to be back to the top three.

Perez had started fourth following a penalty to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. After this there was a tough battle again between team mates, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez.

“Nico had newer tyres than I did, but the stops made a massive difference,” he said. “I had to jump him back and overtake a Williams. It was a really enjoyable race, just like karting days.

“When I got to the finish line it was a great feeling. To be able to qualify fourth and straightaway be able to fight for the podium was a great feeling and an amazing podium.”



By the end of the race Red Bull managed to end up in fourth. World champion Sebastian Vettel was asked to give way to Daniel Ricciardo when he reported about the loss of DRS system to his team.  “Daniel is faster than you, Seb, Let him pass,” ordered Red Bull.

The Red Bulls also had the advantage of soft tyres towards the end. Ricciardo went past his team mate Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg to finish fourth. Vettel could not find his way past Hulkenberg so had to spend the final two laps defending Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas for sixth.

The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top 10.

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