With Lewis Hamilton winning the Chinese GP, both himself and Sebastian Vettel are now level on points heading into this race weekend. Who will lead the the championship after Sunday’s race?
- Lap record: 1:31:447, Pedro de la Rosa, 2005
- Laps: 57
- Circuit length: 3.362 miles
- Race distance: 191.53 miles
- Corners: 15
History of the Bahrain GP
Bahrain first held it’s first grand prix in 2004 and made history as the first race held in the Middle East. Fernando Alonso won on his first race with Ferrari back in 2010 and that was his 3rd race win round the desert circuit. In 2014, it changed to a to a night race which witnessed the race long battle with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Sergio Perez finished in 3rd place for Force India and it marked the team’s 1st podium since the 2009 Belgian GP.
- Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher won the inaugural race back in 2004.
- Romain Grosjean scored his first ever podium with 3rd place back in 2012. It also marked the first time that a Frenchman had been on the podium since 1998.
- 2016 World champion Nico Rosberg made his F1 debut back in 2006 with Williams. Rosberg, set the fastest lap of the race and finished in 7th claiming 2 points.
- Fernando Alonso is the most successful driver round here with 3 victories. He last win was back in 2010.
- Ferrari are the most successful Constructor round here with 4 victories Ferrari’s last win was back in 2010 while Mercedes have won every race round here since 2014.
Red Bull boss Horner wants grid clarity after Vettel ploy
Red Bull boss Christian Horner wants clarity from the FIA over F1 grid positioning rules after Sebastian Vettel lined up outside his box for the start of the Chinese GP. Vettel, who started 2nd, positioned his car slightly to the left of his front row grid slot at Shanghai in order to get his wheels away from the slippery white painted lines. Vettel was investigated by the Stewards during the race but no action was taken.
Wehrlein is back for Sauber
Pascal Wehrlein will return to action in the Bahrain GP after missing the first two races of the season. Wehrlein’s pre-season build-up was disrupted by a violent accident in January’s Race of Champions in which he sustained back injuries. He was replaced at Sauber by Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi.
Alonso to miss Monaco GP to race in Indy
Fernando Alonso will miss the Monaco GP to race at the Indianapolis 500. Alonso said he had long held an ambition to win the so-called ‘triple crown’ of Monaco, the Indy 500 and Le Mans.
Button to return with for Monaco GP
Jenson Button will make a one-off return to Formula 1 for GP in Monaco as a stand-in for former team mate Fernando Alonso at McLaren. The 2009 World Champion will stand in for his former teammate Fernando Alonso, who announced earlier in the week that he would race at the Indy 500. Button said: “I’m thrilled to be making a one-off return to Formula 1 racing – and I couldn’t think of a better place to make that return!