Sebastian Vettel scored his second win of the season in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver slipped behind Fernando Alonso at the start but attacked him at the exit of turn four and claimed the position back.
Vettel then applied pressure to pole sitter Nico Rosberg and was through into the lead before the DRS zone was activated.
Alonso used DRS to take second off Rosberg but ran into trouble as his flap wouldn’t close. He made two visits to the pits as Ferrari attempted to fix it but had to resort to driving the race without it.
While Vettel made three visits to the pits Kimi Raikkonen climbed through the field by making just two stops. Paul di Resta led the two-stoppers to begin with but was passed by both Lotuses during the race.
The second Lotus to come by him belong to Romain Grosjean, who moved up from 11th to claim the final podium place and re-form the same top three from this race last year.
Lewis Hamilton came out on top of a four-way battle for fifth. He and Sergio Perez passed Mark Webber on the final lap, the McLaren driver having passed the recovering Alonso earlier.
Rosberg pitted four times as he slumped to finish ninth ahead of Jenson Button, who was unhappy with his team mate’s driving in wheel-to-wheel contact.
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