Lewis Hamilton won his 96th grand prix victory of his Formula 1 career, edging out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in a thrilling and intense race in Bahrain.
Hamilton, racing for Mercedes was tail-chased by Verstappen over the closing stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.
Verstappen of Red Bull had the pole overnight. Hamilton seized control later on.
But Verstappen did not give up easily as the Red Bull driver even claimed the lead on lap 53 of the 56.
But in exceeding track limits at turn four to complete the move, he was ordered to give up the lead.
Verstappen, nevertheless gave Hamilton a hot chase for the rest of the race, finishing just 0.745s adrift.
Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, followed by a superb drive from McLaren’s Lando Norris for fourth, with the second Red Bull of Sergio Perez fifth on his debut.