Hamilton meanwhile came from ninth, after a five-place grid penalty, to secure a record-equalling 27th successive points finish. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo started from 4th but was out of the race on lap 2 due to an electrical issue.
Verstappen suffered a punctured tyre while trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton at turn one of lap 2. Red Bull had more trouble, with Daniel Ricciardo's auto stopping at the side of the track too, which meant that the team had a double retirement.
Daniel Ricciardo, on the other hand, suffered an electrical problem which shut down his vehicle forcing him to end his race.
Verstappen lunged underneath Hamilton on the 220mph turn 1 charge before inadvertently colliding with the Mercedes vehicle.
Bottas nearly overtook Vettel on the last lap, but Vettel made a crucial blocking move and won by only 0.6 seconds. It was the German driver who first pitted for a fresh set of Soft tyres.
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Vettel was nearly overtaken by Bottas on the last lap but made a crucial blocking move and won by only 0.6 seconds for his 49th career win.
SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) - Sebastian Vettel just held on to win a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position on Sunday, while his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen accidentally broke a team mechanic's leg after a botched tire change cost him a podium spot.
After the race Ferrari began investigating why its automated system told Raikkonen the pitstop was finished and he could leave. This left Vettel, who got away from the line brilliantly ahead of Bottas and then Raikkonen, untouched until the first round of pit stops. "I thought Valtteri would catch me".
The 28-year-old didn't have the pace to fight for pole position but his deficit to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, the ultimate race victor, was a relatively narrow four-tenths of a second.
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Vettel conceded he doubted the initial call to stick him on a one-stop strategy but admitted holding off the Mercedes had made the victory even sweeter.
Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton came to blows in the opening stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly was the driver of the day after finishing fourth, with Red Bull's parent team endured a miserable day as both cars retired on the second lap.
Kevin Magnussen took a solid fifth place finish for Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg's Renault and the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne. Ferrari were committed to a second stop, but it was questionable whether they would achieve sufficient advantage to bring them out ahead of the Mercedes.
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