Lewis Hamilton produced his 32nd win for Mercedes AMG Petronas in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg had to settle for third place behind Ferrari’s Kimi Räikkönen after both Brackley cars suffered unrelated brake-by-wire problems in the final laps.
It doesn’t matter who it’s against, you always try to beat everyone. But it’s great to have a fight with Ferrari as well as Nico.Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton said: “It doesn’t matter who it’s against, you always try to beat everyone. But it’s great to have a fight with Ferrari as well as Nico.
“Mercedes has been the best team on the grid for the last year or so but Ferrari are pushing us really hard now. It definitely wasn’t an easy win.”
Rosberg added: “Lewis had good speed so it was impossible to get by him. At the end it was very disappointing that Kimi got me but I had no chance to defend my position with a brake-by-wire problem in the last two laps.”
Romain Grosjean drove a strong and measured Bahrain Grand Prix to finish seventh for Lotus.
Enstone team-mate Pastor Maldonado endured an eventful race to finish an eventual 15th after he was given a five-second pit stop penalty and then experienced engine-kill activation when entering the pits for his final stop.
Grosjean said: “It had been a tough weekend until now for me, so it was really great to get another strong seventh position.
“The race was great, especially as there was lots of overtaking. I was really hoping to catch Daniel Ricciardo but he was too quick for us.
“It was quite difficult to manage tyres, especially with the rears so I think we did a good job to make the two-stop strategy work.”
Maldonado added: “That was a frustrating race for me. I pushed as hard as possible at the start on the medium tyres.
“Once I moved to the soft tyres I was able to set the race’s then fastest lap so things looked good with our strategy. Unfortunately the engine anti-kill triggered when I came in to make my final pit stop which cost me a lot of time.”