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Mercedes’ Rosberg triumphs in Bahrain

AP

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg became the eighth man in Formula One history to win five consecutive races with a victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, and will now aim to do what all the other seven did: Go on to capture the championship title.

Rosberg made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, and five in a row dating to 2015, with a comfortable victory, capitalizing on a first-corner collision involving teammate Lewis Hamilton and an engine failure that prevented Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel from starting the race.

He led throughout to win by 10.2 seconds at the Sakhir circuit over Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton recovering from the collision with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas and finishing third.

“It was a really good getaway on the dirty side of the grid and that really made my race in the end,” Rosberg said. “From then on the car was feeling great and just controlling the pace and playing it safe.

“Two wins in a row now, good points, that’s where my focus is. Five wins, three wins in a row, doesn’t make a difference.”

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was fourth and Romain Grosjean fifth in another encouraging performance by the new American-based Haas team. Toro Rosso teenager Max Verstappen was sixth and Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat seventh, ahead of the Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Bottas, with McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne in 10th to take a point on his F1 debut.