Nico Rosberg has slipped 27 points adrift of Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 World Championship standings after finishing third in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The German put up a feisty battle in the early stages as he pulled back positions on Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel with dogged passes at turn one, but would ultimately be undone by a less favourable pit-stop strategy each time.

Unable to put up a fight to Hamilton, Rosberg would then be left vulnerable in the closing stages as a fast looming Kimi Raikkonen approached on fresher rubber having adopted an alternative strategy. When Rosberg's brakes failed on the penultimate lap, the Finn would slip through into second, leaving the German a disgruntled third.

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The result means Rosberg is up to second overall again, but now 27 points behind his Mercedes team-mate after just four races.

"I started off on a disappointing note for me after the start with losing the position to Kimi. I got caught out, but then immediately I felt that the car was awesome, so went full on the attack straight away and was happy to get by Kimi and Sebastian.

"Great fight with those, that was very exciting at that point in time. Then always dropped back again behind Sebastian after a pitstop so had to get him over and over again. After that, yeah, trying to catch Lewis but that wasn't possible.

"Unfortunately struggling with brakes a little bit throughout the whole race and just lost them. Two laps from the end I lost the brakes, so went straight on and had to carry the car home for the last two laps."