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Your guide to the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

Written by  Apr 01, 2016

The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula One Championship race took place for the first time at the Bahrain International Circuit on 4 April 2004. It made history as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East, and was given the award for the "Best Organized Grand Prix" by the FIA.

The Bahrain Grand Prix has usually been the third race of the Formula One calendar. However, in the 2006 season, Bahrain swapped places with the traditional opener, the Australian Grand Prix, which was pushed back to avoid a clash with the Commonwealth Games.

In 2010, Bahrain staged the opening race of the 2010 season and the cars drove the full 6.299 km (3.914 mi) "Endurance Circuit" to celebrate F1's 'diamond jubilee'.

Since 2014, the race has held as a night race under floodlights. It became the second Formula One night race after the Singapore Grand Prix.

Shortly after the Formula One February 2014 testing, Grand Prix organizers for Bahrain announced a decision to name the first corner of the iconic track after former seven-time champion German driver Michael Schumacher in honor of his achievements.

 

Bahrain Grand Prix, Round two of the 2016 Formula 1 season

 

Circuit Name: Bahrain International Circuit (Sakhir) – Race Circuit

Race Laps: 51

Circuit Length: 308.405 km (191.634 mi)

Race Length: 308.405 km (191.634 mi)

Number of corners: 15 (9 Right, 6 Left)

DRS Zone: Two Zones (Zone 1 between turn 10 and 11, Zone 2 between turn 15 and 1 Start/Finish)

Circuit Direction: Clockwise

Pole Position 2015: Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.571

Lap Record: 2004 Michael Schumacher - Ferrari 1:30.252

 

Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit - Bahrain International Circuit

 

 

 

Pirelli used compounds

Pirelli will bring the following three compounds to the second round of the 2016 Formula One season in Bahrain, to be held (1 – 4 April) on The Bahrain International Circuit.

 

P Zero White medium
P Zero Yellow soft
P Zero Red super soft

The tires that Pirelli has said must be used at some point in the race:
One set of P Zero White medium
One set of P Zero Yellow soft
Each driver must have both these sets available for the race, and must use at least one of them.

The tires assigned for Q3 in qualifying:
One set of P Zero Red super soft.

Following the regulations, each driver must save for Q3 one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds. This set will be given back to Pirelli after Q3 for those who qualify in the top 8, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race – as is the case currently.

The teams are free to choose the remaining sets; making up 13 sets in total for the weekend.

The new 2016 tire regulations mean that tire nomination for long-haul events have to be made 14 weeks in advance, whereas for European races the deadline is eight weeks in advance.

HOW IT WAS A YEAR AGO:         

Winner: Hamilton (two stops: started on soft, changed to soft on lap 15, medium on lap 33).

Best-placed alternative strategy: Raikkonen, second (also stopping twice, but starting on soft, changing to medium on lap 17, then soft on lap 40).        

There were a mixture of two and three-stoppers. Vettel was fifth, with an unscheduled three-stopper (final stop to replace a nosecone and take on new tyres)       

PAUL HEMBERY, PIRELLI MOTORSPORT DIRECTOR:                      

“The new tyre regulations for 2016 proved to be a big success, providing many different strategy options and talking points for all the teams in Australia. Bahrain is a very different type of circuit, with tyre behaviour affected by a big drop in temperature as the race goes on. This provides a different set of challenges and parameters, so it will be interesting to see who has learned most from Australia in order to take best advantage of another new situation. There are some quite diverse choices from the teams, which will play a key role in the race outcome.”

 

Drivers / Teams compound choices

Team

Car #

Driver

Medium

Soft

Super Soft

 Mercedes AMG

44

 Lewis Hamilton

1

6

6

6

 Nico Rosberg

1

6

6

 Scuderia Ferrari

5

 Sebastian Vettel

3

4

6

7

 Kimi Raikkonen

3

4

6

 Williams-Mercedes

19

Felipe Massa

3

3

7

77

 Valtteri Bottas

3

3

7

 Red Bull Racing

3

Daniel Ricciardo

2

5

6

26

 Daniil Kvyat

2

5

6

Force India-Mercedes

11

 Sergio Perez

2

5

6

27

 Nico Hulkenberg

2

5

6

Renault

20

 Kevin Magnussen

1

5

7

30

 Jolyon Palmer

1

5

7

Toro Rosso-Ferrari

33

 Max Verstappen

1

7

5

55

 Carlos Sainz Jr.

2

6

5

 Sauber-Ferrari

9

Marcus Ericsson

3

5

5

12

 Felipe Nasr

4

5

5

 McLaren-Honda

14

Fernando Alonso

3

4

6

22

 Jenson Button

3

4

6

 Manor-Mercedes

88

Rio Haryanto

4

5

4

94

 Pascal Wehrlein

4

5

4

 Haas-Ferrari

8

 Romain Grosjean

2

4

7

21

 Esteban Gutierrez 

1

5

7

 

Australian Grand Prix Winners (By year)

 

Year

Driver

Constructor

Configuration

2015

 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit

2014

 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

2013

 Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2012

 Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull-Renault

2011

Not held

2010

 Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

Sakhir Endurance Circuit

2009

 Jenson Button

Brawn-Mercedes

Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit

2008

 Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2007

 Felipe Massa

Ferrari

2006

 Fernando Alonso

Renault

2005

 Fernando Alonso

Renault

2004

 Michael Schumacher

Ferrari

 

Multiple Winners (Drivers)

 

Number of wins

Driver

Years

3

 Fernando Alonso

2005, 2006, 2010

2

 Felipe Massa

2007, 2008

 Sebastian Vettel

2012, 2013

 Lewis Hamilton

2014, 2015

 

 

Multiple Winners (Constructors)

 

Number of wins

Constructor

Years

4

 Ferrari

2004, 2007, 2008, 2010

2

 Renault

2005, 2006

 Red Bull

2012, 2013

 Mercedes

2014, 2015

 

 

 

Numbers and Facts

 

Most wins (driver): Alonso 3 ( 2005 – 2006 – 2010)

Most wins (constructor): Ferrari 4 (2004 – 2007 – 2008 – 2010)

Wins from pole position: 5 Most recent 2015 (Hamilton – Mercedes)

Lowest grid for past winner: 4 (Alonso 2006 and Button 2009)

Most recent 1-2 finish: 2014 Hamilton – Rosberg (Mercedes)

Most emphatic win: 16.099 - 2010 (Alonso – Massa)

Closest winning margin: 1.085 - 2014 (Hamilton – Rosberg)

Rain-affected races: 1 (2004)

Safety Car-affected races: 2 – (2007 – 2014)

Fastest race: 2004 - 57 laps at 1hr 28m 34.875

Slowest race: 2014 - 57 laps at 1hr 35m 42.743

Most pole positions (driver): 2 - Michael Schumacher (2004 – 2006), Sebastian Vettel (2010 – 2011) Nico Rosberg (2013 – 2014)

Most pole positions (constructor): 3 - Ferrari (2004, 2006, 2007)

 

What Happened last race here?

Lewis Hamilton, who was the defending race winner, came into the race with a 13-point lead over Sebastian Vettel after his victory a week prior in China. He took the 42nd pole position of his career during Saturday's qualifying, and his fourth in a row. In the race, Hamilton managed to win from Kimi Räikkönen and Nico Rosberg, taking his 36th race victory.

Prior to the start, McLaren confirmed that they were unable to get Jenson Button's car to the grid, as the data indicated some electrical issues.

 

2015 Race Classification

Pos.

Driver

Constructor

Time/Retired

Grid

1

 Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:35:05.8

1

2

 Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

+3.38

4

3

 Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

+6.033

3

4

 Valtteri Bottas

Williams-Mercedes

+42.957

5

5

 Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

+43.989

2

6

 Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+1:01.751

7

7

 Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Mercedes

+1:24.763

10

8

 Sergio Pérez

Force India-Mercedes

+1 Lap

11

9

 Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull Racing-Renault

+1 Lap

17

10

 Felipe Massa

Williams-Mercedes

+1 Lap

6

11

 Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda

+1 Lap

14

12

 Felipe Nasr

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

12

13

 Nico Hülkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

+1 Lap

8

14

 Marcus Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

+1 Lap

13

15

 Pastor Maldonado

Lotus-Mercedes

+1 Lap

18

16

 Will Stevens

Marussia-Ferrari

+2 Laps

20

17

 Roberto Merhi

Marussia-Ferrari

+3 Laps

19

Ret

 Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso-Renault

Electrical

15

Ret

 Carlos Sainz, Jr.

Toro Rosso-Renault

Wheel hub

9

DNS

 Jenson Button

McLaren-Honda

Power Unit

—1

Pastor Maldonado mistakingly lined up in 18th position on the starting grid. This pushed Will Stevens behind him one row down as well, while the 16th slot was left vacant. Maldonado received a 5-second penalty as a result

 

 

Did you know?

DRIVERS

Lewis Hamilton will be looking for his 44th F1 career win aboard of course car ♯44.

Hamilton scored his 50th F1 career pole in Australia.

Hamilton has set 32 of his pole positions to date on Pirelli tyres. It is 1 more than any other driver in the history of F1 (Vettel next-best with 31)

Hamilton is now just 18 pole positions from equalling Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 F1 GP pole positions. Since he has

been at Mercedes he has taken pole 24 times already. That is over 40% of all races he’s started for the team! (24/ 57 = 42%)

Hamilton has won (43) 25.6% of all GP he’s started (168) and is in the top 10 drivers races to win ratio of all-time. This is how he compares:-

  1. Fangio 47.0%, 2. Ascari 40.6%, 3. Clark 34.7%, 4. M.Schumacher 29.7%, 5. Ja.Stewart 27.2% 6. Vettel 26.4% (42/ 159), 7.Hamilton 25.6%
  2. Prost 25.6%, 9. Senna 25.5%, 10. Moss 24.2%

Hamilton failed to lead a race lap in Australia. It was the first time had failed to lead a single race lap since Singapore last year (7 races ago)

Nico Rosberg has won the past 4 GP. It represents his best run since he won the last 4 races of his DEU F.BMW title winning season in 2002

A 4th win in a row for Rosberg in Australia equalled the best runs of current drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button and also that of past

aces, Jochen Rindt, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Damon Hill. The best ever run of wins by a driver is 9 by Sebastian Vettel (BEL – BRA 2013)

In fact EVERY driver who has previously won 4 GP in a row has also won the F1 World title at some point in their career

A 5th F1 GP win in a row for Rosberg will equal the best runs of Jack Brabham, Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell AND the best to date of Hamilton

Rosberg to date has scored 1,234.5 World Championship points, the 5th highest total in F1 history. But, did you spot the sequence? 1, 2, 3…

Rosberg in Bahrain will equal Nigel Mansell’s F1 career total of 187 GP starts

Sebastian Vettel equalled Ayrton Senna’s 80 F1 GP podiums in Australia (and also his teammate Kimi Raikkonen)

Vettel in Bahrain will equal Johnny Herbert’s F1 career total of 160 GP starts

COSNTRUCTORS

Mercedes aiming for an 8th pole in a row to beat their second-best run in F1 date (7, Australia 2014 to Canada 2014 inclusive). Mercedes’

best-ever run of pole positions in F1 is 23 (Great Britain 2014 to Italy 2015 inclusive), beaten only by Williams’s run of 24 poles in 1992 – 93

Mercedes won its 46th F1 World Championship race victory in Australia. To date Mercedes has won just over one-third of all the F1 GP it has

has competed in (46 wins/ 128 races = 35.9%).

Mercedes is now just 4 wins behind Red Bull’s F1 career total of 50

A win on Sunday would be Mercedes’s 8th win in a row and would equal their best-ever run to date, 8 (Italy 2014 to Australia 2015 inclusive)

Mercedes has now finished in points for the last 59 GP in a row, which ranks the 3rd-best run of all-time. The record is 81 by Ferrari

Ferrari is now just 3 podiums short of their 700th F1 GP race podium (currently 697 – most recent, Sebastian Vettel, 3rd in Australia 2016)

McLaren will celebrate 50 years of F1 in Monaco later this season

In Qualifying in Australia the closest-matched teammates were MRT’s Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein. Just 0.015 split the MRT pair (Q1).

The most mismatched teammates in Australia were Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez where 1.284 separated the pair (also Q1)

Haas in Australia became the first North American team and constructor to score points since Italy ‘86 (6th), the first new team to score on

their debut since Toyota in ‘02 (6th Australia) and the first new constructor to score on their debut since Brawn in ‘09 (1st and 2nd in Australia)

BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

Nico Rosberg has finished on the podium here for the past 2 years but has yet to win a F1 Bahrain GP. He did though confirm his GP2 tile

here in 2005 with victory in both the Feature and the Sprint races

Fernando Alonso has won the most Bah GP (3). One of Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel or Felipe Massa could equal his record on Sunday

Lewis Hamilton chasing a 3rd straight Bahrain GP win on Sunday. If he wins he will be the first driver to claim a hat-trick of Bahrain GP victories

 

World Drivers' Championship standings

Pos.

Constructor

Points

 
 

1

 Mercedes

43

 

2

 Ferrari

15

 

3

 Williams-Mercedes

14

 

4

 Red Bull-TAG Heuer

12

 

5

 Haas-Ferrari

8

 

6

 Force India-Mercedes

6

 

7

 Toro Rosso-Ferrari

3

 

8

 Renault

0

 

9

 McLaren-Honda

0

 

10

   Sauber-Ferrari

0

 

11

 MRT-Mercedes

0

 

 

 

World Constructors' Championship standings

Pos.

Driver

Points

 
 

1

 Nico Rosberg

25

 

2

 Lewis Hamilton

18

 

3

 Sebastian Vettel

15

 

4

 Daniel Ricciardo

12

 

5

 Felipe Massa

10

 

6

 Romain Grosjean

8

 

7

 Nico Hülkenberg

6

 

8

 Valtteri Bottas

4

 

9

 Carlos Sainz, Jr.

2

 

10

 Max Verstappen

1

 

11

 Jolyon Palmer

0

 

12

Kevin Magnussen

0

 

13

 Sergio Pérez

0

 

14

 Jenson Button

0

 

15

 Felipe Nasr

0

 

16

 Pascal Wehrlein

0

 

 Marcus Ericsson

0

 

 Kimi Räikkönen

0

 

 Rio Haryanto

0

 

 Esteban Gutiérrez

0

 

 Fernando Alonso

0

 

 Daniil Kvyat

0

 

 

Drivers penalty points:

Driver

Penalty points

Max Verstappen

8

Marcus Erricson

4

Romain Grosjean

4

Sebastian Vettel

3

Kimi Raikkonen

3

Nico Hulkenberg

2

Lewis Hamilton

2

Valtteri Bottas

2

Daniil Kvyat

2

Fernando Alonso

2

Jenson Button

2

Rio Haryanto

2

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