2019 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Round 2 of the Formula One 2019 season is going to take place at Sakhir in the Bahrain International Circuit, in the first twilight event of this season. Bahrain circuit is known to be very abrasive; hence, Pirelli have brought the hardest compounds of tyre combinations this time around. We will see the hardest C1 compound tyre for the very first time this year, but we are not sure if it is going to be used in the race. Sebastian Vettel has been the most successful driver at the Bahrain International Circuit; will we see him conquer Sakhir for the 3rd consecutive time? only time will tell!

Sakhir is one of the toughest races in the calendar with lot of stress on braking and traction. The abrasive surface and a varying temperature range across all the different practice sessions make setup crucial and difficult to achieve. Proper car setup is crucial for winning the race in Bahrain, one of the main reasons said to have hampered Ferrari in the last race at Albert Park, Melbourne. We can expect to see multiple race strategies across teams, since the track temperature tends to dip drastically as the sun sets in the beautiful Sakhir. All the rookie and young drivers have the experience of racing at Bahrain, which makes it an interesting race of the season.

Ferrari have an excellent package, and if they are able to setup their car perfectly, then experts feel there is nothing to stop them from winning. Mercedes are the team to beat at Bahrain, having started the season so strong. But, with RedBull Honda topping the speed traps across different sessions at Melbourne, you cannot write them off from a podium at the least. Lewis Hamilton is the only other driver in the current grid to win at Bahrain apart from the favorite Sebastian. We are set for a thrilling battle in the middle of a desert!

Interesting stats

In the last 5 races at Bahrain, there were at least 3 safety car incidents at least once in the race. Also in the last 5 races, qualification winning margin was over 0.3 seconds once, and the race winning margin was over 6 seconds twice. Kimi Raikkonen holds the record for finishing 8 times in the podium at Bahrain but has never won it. Of the 14 races held at Bahrain, none of them have been won from the 3rd row of the grid and further. 6 of the 14 races have been won from the front; hence, qualifying in the top 4 is very important. Robert Kubica did put his Sauber at pole in the 2008 Bahrain GP, which happens to be his only career pole.