F1: Heartbreak for Charles Leclerc as engine troubles allow Lewis Hamilton to claim the Bahrain Grand Prix

He’d dominated the entire weekend and had so far ran a near perfect race, but with ten laps to go, engine troubles left Charles Leclerc a sitting duck.

Leclerc took a dignified approach in his post-race interview, telling Sky’s Martin Brundle: “It happens. It’s part of Motorsport.

“Unfortunately today it wasn’t our day. But the team has done an amazing job to recover from Australia.

“Of course I’m extremely disappointed, it happens in a season, and we made the best out of it.

“A very hard one to take but thanks to the team for an amazing car all weekend, I’m sure we will come back stronger.”

It was thanks to the deployment of the safety car with two laps to go that the Monégasque held on to his first ever podium, preventing any overtakes that he was left vulnerable to by the loss of power.

Valtteri Bottas still leads the championship race by a single point, after joining his teammate ahead of Leclerc. He finished the race in second place.

Sebastian Vettel was also hit with problems, finding himself spinning with serious damage to his Ferrari, left to watch Hamilton storm past him.

McLaren’s rookie Lando Norris successfully defended his position from the experienced Kimi Raikkonen, scoring his first ever world championship points.

In a devastating few moments for the Renault garage, both Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg found themselves retiring within seconds of each other.

“Everything just cut out”, Ricciardo said.

The pair were sailing in fifth and sixth, doing well to maintain their status of the “best of the rest”, before disaster struck.

Ricciardo is yet to score a point in 2019 after two DNFs in as many races.

He was afforded some relief from the bad luck he’s been dealt for some time now, briefly leading the race in lap 15. It is the first time a Renault has lead a grand prix since 2009.

Charles Leclerc and Ferrari will now be looking to claim victory in China to make amends for the horrible luck they suffered in Bahrain.

The Chinese Grand Prix takes place in two weeks time, at 07:10 on Sunday April 14.

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