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57/57 One of the marshalls is seen running across the track by Lando Norris’ on-board camera. That was foolhardy, especially considering what happened earlier. This race is done. Verstappen will get the extra point.

56/57 Hamilton wanted to come in to change his tyres but his team tell him not to bother. There will be no attempt for a fastest lap.

55/57 It’s a safety car, and that will probably be that. The race comes to a close. There are head in hands among the Racing Point team as Perez’s car has let them down. Racing Point also lost Lance Stroll to that prang early doors.

54/57 Sparks flying from Ricciardo’s car. Does he have something hanging down from his car? But there is smoke coming from Perez’s car in third. Albon, who has been sat off him, comes in. Perez’s car is up in smoke. Looks like a turbo has gone.

53/57 Ricciardo now has Gasly in his sights for seventh, and Bottas may do too. Gasly seems unsure whether his tyres will make it through as he speaks to his team.

Updated at 12.04pm EST

51/57 Perez asks if his Racing Point team are awake. It’s turned into that sort of race after all that excitement at the start.

50/57 Gasly will not be pitting as he seeks to hold on to sixth place, on the advice of his Alpha team.

49/57 Will Hamilton pit for a chance to take the fastest lap? He has the leeway to do do so.

48/57 The lead is 27 seconds, as Verstappen found himself in heavy traffic as he came out of the pits. There is a suspicion he may have had a slight tyre problem but an extra point will be good for Red Bull and perhaps his chance of overtaking Bottas.

Verstappen hits traffic as he makes a pitstop Verstappen hits traffic as he makes a pitstop Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Updated at 11.59am EST

47/57 Ten laps to go, and Hamilton serene in his mastery of this occasion.

46/57 Hamilton’s lead is up to five seconds now, just about and so Verstappen pits, chasing a fastest lap, perhaps. That brings an extra point. He stays ahead of Perez, by four seconds, and is now over 22 seconds behind Hamilton now.

45/57 Gasly takes on Norris for fifth place, and that’s the hottest battle out there for the moment. Gasly’s Alpha team have a conundrum over tyres. At the back, Vettel is chasing down George Russell. It’s been another bad day for Ferrari.

44/57 Bottas goes on the inside, and speeds away from Ocon to take ninth. The Finn has gone a small way to reclaiming some pride from his disastrous day. He started the day in second, let us recall.

43/57 Lewis Hamilton has now led 600 laps of the season, with two more races to go. That’s beyond dominant from both him and his Mercedes car.

42/57 Hamilton’s lead is 3.4 seconds on Verstappen, opening out a fraction or two.

41/57 Sainz swiftly overtakes Leclerc, who then goes into the pits and drops into 12th.

Updated at 11.46am EST

40/57 Sainz comes into the pits in his McClaren, and he squeals in rage when he comes out and Leclerc is a place ahead in eighth.

39/57 Norris pits, thus dropping from fourth, which goes to Alex Albon. Perez is back up to third; he’s had quite a decent day of it in the Racing Point.

38/57 Between 10th and 11th, the second Charlatans album, and also the battle of the two Renault cars of Ocon and Ricciardo, with Ocon holding tenth. The latter is the driver staying next season and he does a good job of defending himself against the Australian, until eventually letting him past.

37/57 Perez, who doesn’t have a drive for next season, goes into the pits and his sojourn in second didn’t last long. He drops to fifth and Verstappen is in second place again.

36/57 Hamilton pits, and still leads. He has managed to retire the set of tyres that he had been getting a little annoyed with. There’s just a second of advantage over Perez, but that won’t last.

35/57 Change of strategy from Verstappen and Red Bull? It’s a misfire as the pit stop took over five seconds, rather than two. Perez is in second. Hamilton is almost 24 seconds clear of Perez.

Perez in action Perez in action Photograph: Tolga Bozoğlu/EPA

Updated at 11.46am EST

34/57 Verstappen still has the fastest lap but Hamilton is so used to leading these races that there is surely not much of a way back barring something very odd happening.

33/57 Hamilton’s lead back over five seconds. Verstappen is trying his best to stay in touch, and a second place would help him on the way to second place overall in the championship with Bottas struggling today.

32/57 Bottas, back in 11th, seems to have a touch of the grumps, as he takes on Leclerc and claims tenth from the Monegasque tyro.

31/57 Vettel is up to 15th, having overtaken Raikkonen. Will it improve his mood? Unlikely.

30/57 Sainz, Ricciardo and Ocon, for sixth, seventh, eighth, is a battle taking place as Hamilton’s lead goes over five seconds. Norris is in fifth. Verstappen sets a fastest lap.

29/57 Hamilton using the outer limits of the track a bit too much? That seems to be what Verstappen’s team are telling him. Some confusion over whether that is allowed.

28/57 Perhaps the keenest race is Alex Albon and Perez for the race for third.

27/57 And the gap goes out a couple of tenths of a second between the front two.

26/57 Sainz takes Ricciardo to climb into seventh, and will chase down Ocon. Perez is 19 seconds plus off Verstappen in second. This is a two-horse race, though one of the horses is way ahead of the other. Hamilton is maintaining his lead by just over four seconds.

25/57 Lando Norris uses his DRS to speed past Bottas on the straight and claim sixth place. Bottas has not been having much fun at all.

24/57 Charles Leclerc looks to be pootling along in his Ferrari, with none of the usual élan. Perhaps he is suffering the same issues as the still vexed Vettel, who is 17th now. Verstappen is cutting into that Hamilton lead, but just fractionally.

23/57 Sounds like Verstappen wants to go for this one, according to the word from his garage. And he sets a fastest lap, as if to confirm his intent. The gap is under five seconds.

22/57 Verstappen and Perez both pit and Hamilton is back to the front again. Verstappen is back in second. Carlos Sainz is in third, but only briefly as Gasly overtakes when the Spaniard pits, and he drops to 11th. Perez is back in fourth.

Lewis Hamilton leads the pack Lewis Hamilton leads the pack Photograph: Bryn Lennon/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 11.22am EST

21/57 Hamilton is on the medium tyres. Ricciardo has a dig at Antonio Giovinazzi and is allowed through to get 11th. Vettel goes in, complaining again about his car.

20/57 In goes Hamilton, and for a decent Mercedes pit stop. Verstappen is ahead, and Perez is in second. Hamilton lurks with intent in third.

19/57 Hamilton has said he has been getting vibrations in his tyres, and will go in when five seconds or so clear of Verstappen.

18/57 Renault, of Ocon and Ricciardo, have both changed their tyres. Hamilton is set to do the same.

17/57 Raikkonen and Bottas is the battle of the moment with all pretty serene at the front.

16/57 Raikkonen has George Russell in his sights, with the lack of grip seemingly not too much of a problem for him.

15/57 Verstappen is losing more time on Hamilton. A showdown between them looking less likely. Raikkonen’s front wing sparking away, and no sign he will be coming in yet. Bottas is behind him in 14th.

14/57 Hamilton continues to hold the fastest lap, and is 2.416 up on Verstappen. Kimi Raikkonen has a damaged front wing meanwhile in 13th.

13/57 Kyvat has been given a ten-second penalty for that Stroll incident. Vettel is back in 18th and telling his team his car is not fit for purpose. Kevin Magnussen, in the other Haas, is overheating.

12/57 Sainz pulls off a spectacular overtaking of Leclerc, who battles back and then finds himself hard braking and being overtaken by Ricciardo. Sainz and Leclerc could be fun next season.

11/57 Bottas is not happy, as he battles over 15th with Vettel, a battle that should be up the front. Verstappen complains to his garage too. “My car is bouncing all over the place.”

Updated at 11.00am EST

10/57 This is real racing, and Leclerc may be under investigation for a clash with Kyvat, though that is swiftly altered, and it seems Kyvat is being looked at for his clash with Stroll.

9/57 We are racing, as the green light flashes. Hamilton flies away. Leclerc and Ocon clash, and Ocon holds off Leclerc to hold on to sixth. Ricciardo has a dig at Leclerc, but he ends up losing his eighth place to Sainz. Hamilton already leads by a second.

7/57 The safety car rolls on, and the drivers jockey for position, trying to warm their tyres. Seems to be debris out there, and that caused Bottas his problems.

6/57 We are still in safety car mode. It seems like Vettel’s rage was directed at Charles Leclerc, his teammate, rather than Lance Stroll. They only have two more races together, so no point in hiding true feelings, perhaps.

Chris Medland (@ChrisMedlandF1)

Kvyat was on the inside, ambitious into Turn 8 but Stroll turned into the apex and was flipped. Both incidents have involved Kvyat today #F1 #BahrainGP

November 29, 2020

Updated at 10.49am EST

5/57 Kevin Magnusson, the other Haas driver, lost his front wing and has had to come in to get a new one. It’s all happening. “Lance is fine,” says the head of Racing Point, who are now a man down after Stroll’s prang.

Updated at 10.46am EST

4/57 It took a while for Stroll to get out of his cockpit and the safety car is back in session. Bottas has a puncture, and is coming in, and drops down to 16th. It looks like Stroll and Vettel clashed, and Vettel is complaining to his people in the garage. He doesn’t sound happy.

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