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Hamilton and Rosberg lead Mercedes to victory in Bahrain

International Sports Desk, Apr 6 (EFE).- Briton Lewis Hamilton and Germany's Nico Rosberg, after a spectacular duel for first place, gave Mercedes its first one-two Formula One finish this season at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Spaniard Fernando Alonso, driving for Ferrari, came in ninth. Hamilton notched his second consecutive win of the season on the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, after having triumphed a week ago in Malaysia.

Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg put fizz back into F1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought out a nail-biting desert duel in the Bahrain Grand Prix and then claimed they had put the fizz back into Formula One. The sport has been deluged with complaints this season that it has become a boring spectacle due to a raft of technical changes which have seen the classic throaty roars of F1 engines replaced by hush-hush hybrids. But on Sunday Hamilton edged his German teammate to take his first win at the Sakhir circuit and the 24th victory of his career, taking him level with the mark of Juan Manuel Fangio.

Formula One: Hamilton, Rosberg put fizz back into F1

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought out a nail-biting desert duel in the Bahrain Grand Prix and then claimed they had put the fizz back into Formula One. The sport has been deluged with complaints this season that it has become a boring spectacle due to a raft of technical changes which have seen the classic throaty roars of F1 engines replaced by hush-hush hybrids. But on Sunday Hamilton edged his German teammate to take his first win at the Sakhir circuit and the 24th victory of his career, taking him level with the mark of Juan Manuel Fangio.

Hamilton wins Bahrain thriller for Mercedes

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a duel with Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a floodlit night race full of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel battles. The win - in Formula One's 900th grand prix - was the Briton's second in a row, the 24th of his career and also a second successive one-two for a team in a class of their own and with two drivers free to race each other from start to finish.

Formula One abandons cost cap plan

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Formula One has abandoned plans to impose a budget cap in 2015 and will seek to reduce costs instead through regulation changes, FIA president Jean Todt said on Sunday. The governing International Automobile Federation announced last year that, with some teams struggling financially, it planned to introduce a cost cap for next season with an agreement scheduled for June 2014.

Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air by the impact at turn one before landing upside down on the roll bar and then righting itself. "Wow, what was that?," he exclaimed over the car radio from the wreckage.

Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP

By Alan Baldwin MANAMA (Reuters) - Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air by the impact at turn one before landing upside down on the roll bar and then righting itself. "Wow, what was that?," he exclaimed over the car radio from the wreckage.

Formula One: Hamilton edges Rosberg in Bahrain thriller

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after a thrilling wheel-to-wheel duel, taking him level with Juan Manuel Fangio on 24 career victories. Hamilton, who also won last weekend in Malaysia, finished 1.085sec ahead of Rosberg in another triumph for the Mercedes team who have won all three races this season. Sergio Perez in a Force India was third, a huge 24.067sec off the winner's time, to give his team just their second podium finish.

Rallying: Rally of Portugal standings

Final standings of the Rally of Portugal, the fourth leg of the world rally championship, on Sunday. 1. Sebastien Ogier (FRA/Volkswagen Polo-R) 3hr 33min 20.4sec, 2. Mikko Hirvonen (FIN/Ford Fiesta RS) at 43.2secs, 3. Mads Ostberg (NOR/Citroen DS3) 1:12.4, 4. Andreas Mikkelsen (NOR/Volkswagen Polo-R) 4:50.5, 5. Henning Solberg (NOR/Ford Fiesta RS) 5:10.2, 6. Martin Prokop (CZE/Ford Fiesta RS) 8:27.2, 7. Thierry Neuville (BEL/Hyundai i20) 8:32.3, 8. Juho Hänninen (FIN/Hyundai i20) 8:51.6 Special stage winners

Rallying: Ogier extends title lead with Rally of Portugal win

France's world champion Sebastien Ogier coasted home to win the Rally of Portugal on Sunday for the fourth time. The Volkswagen Polo driver's third win out of four this season cemented his position at the top of the world rally championship standings. Ogier, who had a 43 second cushion over his nearest pursuer, Finland's Miko Hirvonen, led virtually since the first stage on Thursday to notch up his team's eighth consecutive win. That drew the German carmaker level with Citroen's record constructors' run in the WRC.
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