SAKHIR, Bahrain — Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg became the eighth man in Formula One history to win five consecutive races with a victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, and he will now aim to do what all the other seven did: capture the championship.
Rosberg made it back-to-back wins to start the new season, and five in a row dating to 2015, with a comfortable victory, capitalizing on a first-corner collision involving teammate Lewis Hamilton and an engine failure that prevented Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel from starting.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was second with reigning champ Hamilton recovering to finish third after the collision with the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.
Smoke poured from the back of Vettel's car on the warmup lap. He parked immediately.
NHRA: Defending Top Fuel series champion Antron Brown won at the Denso Spark Plugs Nationals in Las Vegas, beating Troy Buff in the final. Alexis DeJoria (Funny Car) and Jason Line (Pro Stock) also won.