Reuters Formula One correspondent. Any views expressed are my own, not those of my employer.

Analysis - Hamilton still has work to do in Europe — LONDON (Reuters) - After winning three out of four races and taking a 27-point lead in the standings, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a new challenge as he and Mercedes prepare for the start of the European season.

Hamilton still has work to do in Europe — A third world title, which would lift the Mercedes driver level with boyhood hero Ayrton Senna and British great Jackie Stewart, looks increasingly likely but Europe will play a big part in deciding that.

'You're going to catch me', Stewart tells Hamilton — Forty two years have passed since the Scot, now 75, won his third and final title in 1973 but Mercedes' double world champion is well on the road to joining him after a third triumph in four races. Stewart was on hand to conduct the post-race podium interviews at the Sakhir circuit, congratulating Hamilton on the 'hell of a season you're having.'

Ferrari to play 'carrot and stick' with Raikkonen — The 2007 world champion, still Ferrari's most recent title winner, is out of contract at the end of the year although the Italian team have an option of keeping him alongside Sebastian Vettel. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene, who took on the job last November, told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the decision would depend on the 35-year-old's performance on the track.

Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant — MANAMA (Reuters) - Qatar's hopes of joining the Formula One calendar in the near future appear to have receded after commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone indicated he was unlikely to add a third Middle Eastern race to the schedule just yet. "I think we've got enough here, don't you?"

Qatar F1 race hopes appear to remain distant — "I think we've got enough here, don't you?" the Briton told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix when asked about the possibility of a race in Doha. Media reports have suggested that Qatar was close to signing a deal for a street race, possibly as early as next year.

Rosberg loses ground but wins respect — The German is now 27 points behind the Briton after the double world champion took his third win in four races in Bahrain. But for brake problems, which allowed Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to pass and denied Mercedes a one-two finish, the gap would have been narrower but Rosberg at least answered some critics.

Red Bull add to the firework display — "All the fireworks went off and the engine felt like it needed to join in," Red Bull principal Christian Horner commented wryly. "A fairly spectacular finish, it failed 200 meters before the line, but we had enough momentum to cross the line. I think that engine will be a coffee table in the future."

Ferrari boss hails Raikkonen's return — The Finnish 'Iceman' took a strong second place in the floodlit race at the desert Sakhir circuit for his first top three finish since he was second for Lotus in South Korea in October 2013. It was also his first podium finish for Ferrari since 2009, the final year of his first stint at Maranello.

Ferrari boss hails Raikkonen's return — MANAMA (Reuters) - Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene welcomed back the Kimi Raikkonen of old on Sunday after the 2007 world champion stepped back on the Formula One podium in Bahrain after a long absence.
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