Bahrain Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg wins as Lewis Hamilton stutters

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 10:55 PM

The Mercedes driver took the opening race of the season in Melbourne latest mo and was fastest man in the pack again Sunday -- but he was given a helping hand when misfortune befell likely title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg wins as Lewis Hamilton stutters

Nico Rosberg made it two F1 wins out of a possible two in two thousand-sixteenth as he stormed to triumph at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver took the opening race of the season in Melbourne latest mo and was fastest man in the pack again Sunday -- but he was given a helping hand when misfortune befell likely title rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Ferrari'south Vettel was forced to draw out of the race on the pre-race formation lap with smoke billowing from his engine.

Rosberg'south Mercedes teammate Hamilton, meanwhile, stuttered from pole position on the grid before colliding with Valtteri Bottas of Williams at turn one.

Hamilton'south nightmare start saw his car suffer bodywork damage as he dropped back to seventh position.

Vettel'south Ferrari teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, finished second 10.2 seconds behind Rosberg while Hamilton would battle back to finish third.

The Briton later described the result as "damage limitation" given his troubles at the start to the race.

Vettel, meanwhile, revealed his frustration at the "very sudden" nature of the incident that ended his race in comments carried by the AFP news agency. But remained confident it wasn't indicative of wider problems.

"I think we've reason to be confident (for the remainder of the season) but it caught us by astonishment today," he added.

Hamilton is presently second in the driver'south title race, seventeen points behind Rosberg who's a maximum fifty points.

Three-time world champion, Hamilton, remains nine points clear of Daniel Ricciardo who finished fourth for Ruddy Bull Sun ahead of Romain Grosjean of the American Haas team.

Max Verstappen of Torro Rosso claimed sixth spot ahead of the second Ruddy Bull driven by Daniil Kvyat.

Felipe Massa of Williams, Bottas in the second Williams and Belgian debutant Stoffel Vandoorne took the final points positions, finishing eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Vandoorne will be particularly delighted with his showing given the fact he was filling in for former F1 winner Fernando Alonso who's yet to fully shake off the effects of a horror crash in Melbourne in March.

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