Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses his trophy after winning the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix in a thrilling race that saw Lewis Hamilton penalised for underhand tactics. Hamilton took second place for Mercedes while his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas was third. AP

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, center left, leads at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, center left, leads at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. AP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, foreground, overtakes Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, 2nd left, entering the first curve at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Sebastian Vettel, foreground, overtook Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, 2nd left, entering the first curve at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AP

Mechanics work on the car of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrej Isakovic, Pool)

Mechanics work on the car of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AP

Force India driver Sergio Perez of Mexico steers his car during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Force India driver Sergio Perez during the Bahrain Grand Prix. Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish while French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged the final point. AP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrej Isakovic, Pool)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Bahrain Grand Prix. The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-times world champion won the opener in Australia. AP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the BahrainGrand Prix. Vettel's 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61 and the championship looking ever more likely to be an evenly matched battle between the two with Ferrari and Mercedes a cut above the rest. AP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates after winning the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, with second placed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, right, at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, April 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, center, celebrates after winning the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix, with second placed Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland, right. AP

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Updated Date: Apr 17, 2017 17:11:43 IST

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