Bahrain had already seen just how dominant the Mercedes cars of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton had been in the qualifying sessions, and another front-row lockout gave both the best possible start to proceedings.
Straight from the off, the power of the Mercedes engine was clear as the race settled into a familiar pattern over the first few laps.
Adrian Sutil, who had already been given a five-place grid penalty after the FIA deemed the Sauber driver to have held up Lotus’ Romain Grosjean in an unsafe manner during qualifying, was also part of an incident being investigated after a coming-together with Jules Bianchi on Lap 14.
Although he crawled on for a couple more laps, Sutil eventually retired early.
As the battle began to heat up, there was little to separate Rosberg and Hamilton, and they were neck and neck just before pitting, first the German pinching a lead only to have it taken back again by an eager Hamilton.
The battle for third place in the mid part of the race was something to behold as Valtteri Bottas, Felipe Massa, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez all found themselves locked together and looking for that glimmer.
Shared by Sky Sports F1 on Twitter, a stunning crash on the 41st lap saw Esteban Gutierrez flipped over by Pastor Maldonado as the latter came out of the pits a little too quickly.
Sauber F1 Team on Twitter shared a statement regarding Gutierrez's condition: "According to first checks in the medical center, [Esteban] is ok. Precautionary examinations will follow in the local hospital."
As the latter part of the race approached, some great battles began to emerge as team orders appeared to have been abandoned.
Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo were going hell for leather in the battle for fourth, whilst at the head of the pack, Rosberg broke just too late on Lap 53 as he took Hamilton on the inside, only for the Englishman to immediately move back in front again in a fine manoeuvre.
It was a lead he kept despite the constant pressure right until the end from Rosberg to take his second Grand Prix of the season.