Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel cruised to his second win of the season in the Bahrain Grand Prix today.
After shrugging off early challenges from surprise polesitter Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, Vettel soon seized control of the race, which was held in hot, sunny conditions and dominated by tyre strategy.
Rosberg's Mercedes chewed through its tyres quickly, and although he bravely fended off Vettel for the opening couple of laps, it wasn't long before the Red Bull driver slipped past and hit the front.
The Ferraris of Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa looked strong in qualifying and started the race from third and fourth on the grid. Massa in particular looked good because he was starting on the more durable hard tyres, whereas most of his key rivals opted for the medium compound for the first stint.
But the Scuderia's race quickly turned sour. Alonso managed to briefly nip ahead of Vettel at the start, and then settled into third place until he had to make two emergency pitstops because the DRS rear wing flap had got stuck in the open position, robbing him of downforce in the corners.
Massa remained in the mix despite a clash with Force India's Adrian Sutil on the opening lap, but later in the race the Brazilian suffered two right-rear tyre delaminations and dropped down the order.
After that Vettel's main challenge came from Kimi Räikkönen and Paul di Resta, who turned in one of the most competitive performances of his F1 career. Both drivers opted to two-stop, which proved to be a competitive strategy.
Räikkönen had qualified poorly, but raced well to move up into contention for the podium. However, Vettel was able to pull out enough of an advantage in his Infiniti-backed Red Bull to ensure he was clear of the Finn when the world champion made his extra pitstop.