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Bahrain Grand Prix
Sakhir, 4-6 April 2008
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Robert Kubica

Robert Kubica starts in pole for BMW Sauber in Bahrain, with Ferrari's Felipe Massa second and McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton third

Frankie Dettori (left), Eric Clapton (right)

Celebrity Formula One fans Frankie Dettori and Eric Clapton enjoy the build-up on the grid at the Sakhir circuit in Manama

Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix

The race starts and Massa overtakes Kubica to lead, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen slipping in to third, and Hamilton falling to 10th

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso

Hamilton (left) is caught behind former team-mate Fernando Alonso, and damages his front wing trying to overtake on lap two

Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen

Lap three: Finn Kimi Raikkonen passes Robert Kubica's BMW Sauber to put Ferrari first and second at Sakhir, Manama

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton, now in 18th and a minute behind race-leader Felipe Massa, locks up the brakes of his McLaren-Mercedes

Heikki Kovalainen, Kimi Raikkonen

Heikki Kovalainen, Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes team-mate, moves in to third only to find himself behind fellow Finn Raikkonen's Ferrari

Nelson Piquet

Renault's Nelson Piquet (right) spins out, later retiring with gearbox failure, meaning he will be penalised in the Spanish Grand Prix

Jensen Button, David Coulthard

Toward the back of the race David Coulthard of Red Bull Racing survives a clash with fellow Briton Jenson Button's Honda

Ferrari pit team

The Ferrari mechanics work hard to keep the team's dominant position, Raikkonen taking 25 laps' worth of fuel in 9.6 seconds

Kimi Raikkonen (left), Felipe Massa (right)

Ferrari team-mates Raikkonen (left) and Massa (right) lead for much of the race, constantly battling for the best lap time

Robert Kubica

Heidfeld's Suaber team-mate Robert Kubica challenges Raikkonen for second place but the Ferrari team look unpassable in Sakhir

Felipe Massa

Massa leads from the start, has a seven second lead over Raikkonen by lap 52, and looks set to earn his first points of 2008 in Bahrain

Felipe Massa

Massa takes the chequered flag at Sakhir, winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Raikkonen completing a Ferrari one-two finish

Raikkonen, Kubica, Heidfeld

Raikkonen finishes second in the race, ahead of Kubica, then Heidfeld, and takes the lead in the drivers' championships

Nick Heidfeld

Massa wins in Bahrain but BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld comes in fourth, putting him second in the drivers' championship

Heikki Kovalainen

Heikki Kovalainen is McLaren-Mercedes' first to finish, coming in fifth while Hamilton is 13th after difficulties

Felipe Massa (left), Robert Kubica (right)

Race-winner Felipe Massa congratulates third-placed Robert Kubica on the BMW Sauber driver's second podium finish of the season


Ferrari fans, the Scuderia, celebrate their team's dominance of the Bahrain Grand Prix despite starting second and fourth on the grid

Felipe Massa

Brazilian Massa celebrates his first win of the season, Ferrari's second, and his sixth-ever Grand Prix win

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