With Hamilton and Vettel tied on points going into the third race of the season, it looks as if Mercedes will have a real challenge this year. Hamilton believes that Ferrari may even have the advantage here in Bahrain, with hot temperatures often benefiting them over Mercedes.
Bottas takes his first ever pole position, as Mercedes secure a 1-2 in qualifying. The battle with Ferrari looked close until Q3, where Mercedes found another four tenths. Vettel ended the session fourth, but it was Ricciardo fourth as Raikkonen struggled.
Vettel wins a thrilling Bahrain GP, to take the championship lead. Another strong strategy call for Ferrari gave Vettel the advantage and a 5-second penalty for Hamilton compromised his race. Verstappen was looking strong for a podium before a brake failure ended his race.