Lewis Hamilton took victory at the F1 Bahrain GP late in the running as the Mercedes driver passed the ailed Ferrari of Charles Leclerc with ten laps to go.
Leclerc, who had started the race from pole, and lead a Ferrari front row lockout was looking set to take his maiden grand prix victory after battling past teammate Sebastian Vettel in the early running.
Then, with less than 20 laps to the checkered flag, the 21 year old reported engine issues to his team before it was revealed he had a turbo-hybrid recovery issues and was effectively running on reduced power.
The ten second gap Leclerc had worked hard to generate came tumbling down, and reigning champion Hamilton took the lead.
To add insult to injury, Leclerc was then passed by Valterri Bottas only a couple of laps later.
Heartbreak for Ferrari, and for Leclerc who was on the verge of his maiden F1 race victory in only his second event for Ferrari.
Mercedes scored a 1-2 victory as Ferrari look for answers, and Leclerc surely has the taste of leading a GP.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen crossed the line fourth ahead of Vettel who made an unusual spin when battling with Hamilton.
In sixth was the glowing Lando Norris, the McLaren driver scoring his first F1 points by placing highly in only his second grand prix. McLaren showing strides on their struggles of recent years.
The Alfa Romeo of Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh, ahead of the second Red Bull of Pierre Gasly who is still looking for answers into how to improve his race performances.
Alex Albon scored his first points in ninth for Toro Rosso as the Racing Point of Sergio Perez rounds out the top ten.
Both Renault’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenburg retired on the same lap, bringing out the safety car late on. A confusing weekend for the French manufacturer who will be looking to score points next time out.
So close to that first win, Leclerc will be throwing everything at the next race in China to take that maiden win.
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