The 2014 edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix featured one of the most thrilling races ever by a Mercedes team duo. For 57 exhilarating laps at the Bahrain International Circuit, the 900 th Grand Prix in Formula One history was a dazzling sprint to the finish, as Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg battled wheel-to-wheel for the lead.
At the checkered flag, Hamilton narrowly held off Rosberg, cutting his teammate’s overall lead in the Drivers’ Championship to 11 points. By the end of the season, Hamilton would take the lead for good, outpacing Rosberg by 67 points to secure his second championship, and his first with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team.
But on April 6, 2014, even the vanquished could appreciate the Duel in the Desert. “I strongly dislike finishing second to Lewis but on the other hand, it was the most exciting race I have ever had in my whole career,” Rosberg said. “Today was a day for the sport.”