The newly-crowned seven-time champion came home at controlled pace under a safety auto at the finish, followed by Max Verstappen and his Red Bull teammate Alex Albon, who profited from an engine failure which forced Racing Point's Sergio Perez into retirement with three laps left.
The 35-year-old took his 95 F1 victory after crossing the line behind the Safety Car, beating Red Bull pair of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon.
Russell has done that and again displayed his raw speed we see in qualifying so often. But when it mattered the Silver Arrows came to the fore, with Hamilton dominating every segment of qualifying to take a stunning pole position. "I'm grateful that I got the chance because otherwise my name would certainly have been said a lot less than it is now". "I just continue to be amazed by my guys and how they work so hard - weekend in, weekend out". "I was really anxious".
"That's the most important thing and, with the pressure off, it's a bit of a release to drive like I did".
"I thought the lap started really well". "I was training and making sure I was ready for this and keeping my eye on the ball". It was a shame to finish such a good race behind the safety auto, and again close to the points, however, it was a strong weekend overall and we have set ourselves up nicely for the challenge of the Sakhir Grand Prix next week.
With two races to go, the Briton could reach a remarkable total of 100 pole positions at the final race while he is also seeking to increase his season total of wins from 10 to a record-equaling 13 triumphs.
Leclerc was beaten in qualifying by team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was 0.016secs ahead in 11th place, for only the fourth time this season.
Sergio Perez was a strong fifth only 0.048s shy of Albon's best effort, but his Racing Point team will be wary of Renault teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon starting behind him in sixth and seventh as the two teams battle for third in the championship. Lando Norris was ninth for McLaren and Daniil Kvyat 10th in the second Alpha Tauri.
You would say that it does not look good for Bottas, really. "That's the problem when it feels good and it feels like you are extracting the best from the vehicle and the lap time is not there". There are little bits everywhere, it's not one thing.
George Russell: I am pleased with the job we have done this weekend.
"I don't know how much more potent I can get!" he said.
Perez said that the accident showed F1 "cannot relax on safety" and echoed the comments of race victor Lewis Hamilton in admitting he found it hard to get back into the zone following the restart.