Bahrain Grand Prix RECAP: Lewis Hamilton WINS after Charles Leclerc suffers heartbreak


  • Lewis Hamilton wins the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix to become the new championship leader.

  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc led for the majority of the race – but a serious issue with his car saw his position slip to third.

  • Valtteri Bottas took second as Max Verstappen beat Sebastian Vettel into fifth.

  • Hamilton was quick to send his support to Leclerc after the race, and didn’t take pride in way the race was won.

Hamilton said: “Extremely unfortunate for Charles, he drove a great race

“We still have work to do.”

Leclerc struggled to hide his disappointment after the result, despite securing his first ever podium finish.

He said: “I don’t know what to say, what a shame – what an amazing race we had.”

Top ten

Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc, Verstappen, Vettel, Norris, Raikkonen, Gasly, Albon, Perez.


LAP 57

Hamilton wins as Ferrari and Leclerc suffer a serious issue with turbo.

The race finshed behind a safety car for only the eighth-time in F1 history.

Mercedes take top spots as Leclerc, Verstappen and Vettel make up the top five.

LAP 55

With just two laps to go Hamilton is cruising toward his first race win of the season.

Bottas is likely to finish in second as Ferrari face a embarrassing failure from pole.

Hulkenberg and Ricciardo both drop out at almost the exact same moment, disaster for Renault.

LAP 52

Bottas is gaining on Leclerc as Mercedes eye another 1-2 on the podium.

Verstappen’s times suggest that the Ferrari youngster may be forced back into fourth-place – and off the podium.

Vettel is also struggling after he pushed up to fifth spot after the slip.

LAP 49

The turbo in Leclerc’s car has GONE according to Martin Brundle on Sky Sports.

Hamilton TAKES THE LEAD, and Ferrari’s team are understandably devastated.

LAP 45

Despite several collisions, only Grosjean has been forced to finish early so far, hopefully the remaining drivers finish all 57 laps.

Leclerc laps the twelfth-placed Sergio Perez as he begins to struggle for speed.

Hamilton and Mercedes are feeling confident as he makes up two seconds in a matter of laps.

LAP 43

Vettel slides down the table as he spins after Hamilton rounded him.

The German has seen his hopes of a podium finish dwindle as Mercedes take advantage.

Hulkenberg overtakes Ricciardo as the Renault pair embarrassingly make contact.

LAP 40

Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race on 37 as he attemps to overtake Vettel.

DRAMA! Hamilton and Vettel are inches from a collision as they battle for third with Bottas still to pit.

Leclerc will be happy that his closest rivals are otherwise oppupied as he extends his lead even further.


LAP 35

McLaren’s Lando Norris is up to ninth in an impressive race for the Brit.

Hamilton has pitted as he looks for a boost in his pursuit of the Ferrari pair.

Bottas is up to second as Mercedes decide not to pit.

LAP 30

Nico Hulkenberg continues a terrific race by holding on to sixth spot.

The gaps between the front four continue to extend as the drivers separate.

This race is Leclerc’s to lose as Vettel struggles to make ground on the youngster.

LAP 26

Raikkon and Norris are in an exciting battle for seventh as the latter takes the spot.

Vettel is now seven seconds behind his team-mate with Hamilton a long way ahead of Bottas in fourth.

Ferrari are starting to dominate proceedings at the front, and team boss Mattia Binotto will be hoping they continue in a similar fashion.

LAP 22

Vettel overtakes Hamilton as Leclerc extends his lead out in front.

The Mercedes driver has struggled after an impressive start and looks out of ideas for the moment.

Vettel is now attempting to close in on his team-mate but he has a lot of work to do.

LAP 18

Roman Grosjean becomes the first driver to retire in Bahrain as Ricciardo slips down to sixth.

Bottas and Vertsappen are struggling in fourth and fifth respectively, as it turns into a three-horse race.

Leclerc’s lead over Hamilton is now up to five seconds.

LAP 15

Hamilton has jumped Vettel after pitting as Leclerc hangs on to the lead.

Ricciardo is up to second but his place will slip after a change of tyres.

There is now 11 seconds between the top six drivers as the race calms following a frantic start.


Leclerc OVERTAKES Vettel as he reclaims first place, the Ferrari pair are not letting up with both drivers keen to make a statement early on.

Vertsappen is nine seconds down on race leader Leclerc after a scrap with Carlos Sainz.


Vettel took the lead after the first turn as Leclerc slips down to third!

Vettel went past his team-mate almost instantly, Bottas has now slipped down to fourth with Hamilton in third – behind the Ferrari pair.


And away we go! Lights out in Bahrain as Leclerc leads the way!

4:10pm: We are almost underway here in Bahrain, engineers are making last minute checks.

4:05pm: Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has praised Charles Leclerc on the grid, and claimed that he is fully deserving of pole position.

4:00pm: There are plenty of stars out to watch the action, with David Beckham and Guy Ritchie in attendance amongst others.

3:50pm: Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has insisted he will not “p*** off” his drivers during the race, and he will give them every chance to secure their first wins of the season.

3:40pm: Ferrari are looking to bounce back from a disappointing opener in Melbourne, and they’re in a good place to do so with an impressive display in qualifying.

3:30pm: Hello and welcome to Express Sport’s live coverage of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Charles Leclerc seized his first ever Formula One pole position on Saturday and the youngster will lead Ferrari out in Bahrain on Sunday.

His team-mate Sebastian Vettel is just one place behind on the grid as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas make up the front four.

The race is set to start at 4:10 pm GMT, and Express Sport are on hand to bring you live updates.

Mercedes, despite taking first and second spots in the first race of the season, are doubtful of a spectacular turnaround this time out because of one key reason.

Boss Toto Wolff admitted on Saturday that their cars are lacking in straightline speed.

“On long runs we were doing OK, that looked good,” he told Sky Sports.

“But we are lacking in straightline speed at the moment.

“Whether that is track or power, we need to analyse.

“And obviously it’s not great for the race either, overtaking will be an option tomorrow, but you need to have a fast car on the straights.”

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