After winning three out of four races and taking a 27-point lead in the standings, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a new challenge as he and Mercedes prepare for the start of the European season.
Qatar`s hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add a third Middle Eastern race to the schedule just yet.
Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff sighed with relief Sunday after seeing both of his team`s cars complete the Bahrain Grand Prix, world champion Lewis Hamilton claiming his third victory in four races this year.
World champion Lewis Hamilton won his third race of the season on Sunday as he drove his Mercedes to victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Finland`s Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari and Nico Rosberg in third.
Nico Rosberg said he had only himself to blame after slipping to third on the grid in Saturday`s qualifying for Sunday`s Bahrain Grand Prix - knocked off the front row by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.