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London — Seven-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday after an epic, knife-edge battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen over the final laps.

Verstappen, who passed the Briton with four laps to go only to have to hand back the lead for exceeding track limits, finished a mere 0.745 sec behind after starting on pole position. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was a distant third but gained a bonus point for fastest lap...

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