Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took his second win in four races this year as he dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The world champion headed Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean, who denied Paul di Resta a first career podium in the closing laps.
The Scot had, like Raikkonen, done one fewer pit stops than the other leading runners but could not hold Grosjean.
Lewis Hamilton took fifth for Mercedes as Fernando Alonso rescued eighth after suffering a rear wing failure.
The Spaniard’s wing panel twice became stuck open when he used his DRS overtaking aid, forcing him to pit both times for mechanics adjust it.
“[It was a] faultless, seamless race from start to finish,” said Vettel. “I knew it was crucial to get into the lead and look after the tyres, the pace was phenomenal, the car was great. I could push every single lap and look after the tyres.
“I lost out to Fernando at the first corner, but I could get him back. I saved some Kers and could out-accelerate him into Turn Six. Out of Turn four I did the same on Nico, a little bit of Kers and got him into Turn Five.”
“[It was] incredible the pace we had today, we surely did not expect that.”
His win extends his lead over Raikkonen in the championship to 10 points, with Hamilton third a further 13 behind and Alonso fourth, 30 behind Vettel.
The German held off a challenge from Alonso on the opening lap, losing out through Turns One and Two before re-passing the Ferrari with a brave move around the outside into Turn Five.
He then passed pole-winner Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes, skilfully around the outside of Turn Five into Turn Six and drove away into a race of his own, making three stops on his way to a third consecutive victory in Bahrain.
Behind him, Raikkonen used a two-stop strategy to move up to from eighth on the grid to take second, while Grosjean, making three stops, passed Di Resta for third with six laps to go.
1. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1hr 36min 00.498secs
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus +00:09.111
3. Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus 00:19.507
4. Paul Di Resta (GB) Force India 00:21.727
5. Lewis Hamilton (GB) Mercedes 00:35.230
6. Sergio Perez (Mex) McLaren 00:35.998
7. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 00:37.244
8. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 00:37.574
9. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 00:41.126
10. Jenson Button (GB) McLaren 00:46.631
11. Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 01:06.450
12. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Sauber 01:12.933
13. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India 01:16.719
14. Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Williams 01:21.511
15. Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari 01:26.364
16. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Toro Rosso +1 lap
17. Charles Pic (Fra) Caterham 1 lap
18. Esteban Gutierrez (Mex) Sauber 1 lap
19. Jules Bianchi (Fra) Marussia 1 lap
20. Max Chilton (GB) Marussia 1 lap
21. Giedo van der Garde (Ned) Caterham 2 laps
retd Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Toro Rosso 41 laps