Bahrain Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (C) celebrates next to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen (L) and teammate Nico Rosberg following his victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International CircuitReuters

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton extended his Championship lead to 27 points after claiming a win for the third time this season following his triumph at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Despite a lot of pressure from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for most of the race and developing a braking problem towards the end, he still managed to hold off the Finn and finish 3.380s ahead of with a time of 1:35:05.809.

Rosberg claimed the final podium place after finishing +6.033s behind his teammate. Although earlier it looked like he was going to finish in second place, a brake problem resulted in him surrendering second place to Raikkonen.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, finished behind Williams' Valtteri Bottas (+42.957s) in fifth place (+43.989s) after a damaged front wing forced him to make a third pit stop on lap 36.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo finished in sixth place (+61.751s behind Hamilton), followed by Lotus' Romain Grosjean, (+84.763s) Force India's Sergio Perez (+1 lap) and his teammate Daniil Kvyat (+1 lap).

Williams driver Felipe Massa claimed the last point position by finishing in tenth .

Hamilton, who was very pleased after claiming his third win this season, says that he has already set his eyes on successfully defending the drivers' championship.

"Yeah, I'm gunning for it [drivers' championship]," the Briton told Formula 1's official website. "Firstly, a big thank you to my team, they did an amazing job this weekend."

On being asked whether winning against Ferrari is more important than winning against his teammate Rosberg, Hamilton replied: "I think winning is winning so it doesn't particularly matter who it's against. You're trying to beat everyone out there."

"Naturally it's great to be having a fight with the Ferraris. I think for us as a team – and I think still today that Mercedes are still the best and we are working as hard as we can to keep up with this momentum that we have – that they are pushing very hard to close up."

Meanwhile, Raikkonen, despite admitting that he could have done better, says he is pleased to secure his first podium position of the season.

"Obviously you're never happy when you finish second but I think after a difficult start to the year I'm a bit pleased to get some result – a bit better result," the Finn told Formula one's official website.

"Obviously we came through in the end very quickly but we run out of the laps but I think we have to be happy after where we qualified, after we finished, but obviously we're looking for a bit better results still."

Rosberg, on the other hand, feels that the overall race was OK, although he admits he was disappointed after surrendering second place to Raikkonen.

"Yeah, I mean it was OK. The overtaking was enjoyable, to overtake the red cars, I like that a lot," the German told Formula 1's official website.

"In the end I tried to catch Lewis, but we're pretty similar so I couldn't catch him and he even pulled away at the end a little bit, and then I lost my brakes unfortunately, two laps from the end. I just went straight on and that cost me the position to Kimi, which is very disappointing."

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