Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bahrain win: a series of (un)fortunate events

The Bahrain Grand Prix was set to be a good acid test of the new F1 as it is generally one of the tracks with the most overtaking and we’ve seen strategy play a key part due to the way the tyres perform on this track. This year the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari swung Ferrari’s way due to a combination of factors, including Sebastian Vettel’s very strong pace on supersoft tyres, especially in the second stint and Mercedes’ relative weakness on them; this is […]

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

The Bahrain GP in pictures

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Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Bottas:

Valtteri Bottas admits that an order to let your team mate pass during a racing competition is the worst thing a driver could hear. The Finn was told by Mercedes to let Lewis Hamilon pass with just ten laps left of the Bahrain Grand Prix, making him to give up the second place he was on at that stage. "Well, I think honestly as a racing driver it’s maybe the worst thing you want to hear. That’s how it is", Bottas admits. "For sure I did it because there […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hamilton takes blame for penalty

Lewis Hamilton apologised to his team for taking the penalty after holding up Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo while driving too slow on pit entry during the Safety Car period. This move might have cost Hamiton the Bahrain Grand Prix victory as well as the championship lead. The Brit's first loss came at the start of the race when he lost a position to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Although Mercedes offset Hamilton's strategy as much as possible to give him the chance of closing down Vettel in the final laps, the five-second […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Force India gets fourth place back

Sahara Force India moved up to fourth place in the Constructors' Championship after Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon finished in points in today's Bahrain Grand Prix. It is a solid start to their season and gives the team a good base to build on over the coming races. After a challenging qualifying session yesterday, the team made all the right calls in the race while none of its drivers put a wheel out of place. Only one of the cars was fortunate with the timing of the safety car, but […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Marchionne:

Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne is proud of Scuderia's performance this weekend after Sebastian Vettel produced a flawless drive to win the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, starting from third on the grid and beating both Mercedes drivers. It is Vettel's fifth victory in Prancing Horse colours, one that was also down to the strategic calls from the Ferrari pit wall.  Kimi Raikkonen finished fourth, despite encountering a few difficulties, and fought back to finish just off the podium.  "It is, of course, hugely satisfying to be back on […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Grosjean delighted with first point finish of 2017

For the second straight race, Haas F1 Team scored a point-paying result as Romain Grosjean delivered an eighth-place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Frenchman started ninth in the 57-lap race around the bahrain International Circuit and held his position amid the chaotic start, a lap-16 restart and two pit stops. After his final stop at the end of lap 32, where Grosjean swapped his Pirelli P Zero Red supersoft tires for a new set of Yellow softs, he used the fresh rubber to overtake the Toro […]

Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

Vettel wins his third Bahrain GP

Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix by 6.660 seconds over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton to earn his second victory of the 2017 Formula One championship. Scuderia Ferrari driver won the season-opening Australian GP now leads the standings by seven points over Hamilton. Today's win marked Vettel’s 44th career Formula One victory and his third at Bahrain, with his last win in Sakhir coming in 2013 when he drove for Red Bull. Race results: 1.  S. Vettel Ferrari 1:33:53.373   2.  L. Hamilton Mercedes +6.660   3.  V. Bottas […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alonso expects tough race

Fernando Alonso qualified 15th for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday as he was unable to fully capitalise on his track time. McLaren driver took the 15th spot in Q1, pushing him through to Q2, but an MGU-H issue on his flying lap meant he was unable to set a time during the second session. Alonso expectation for the race are quite limited and are mostly connected to the lack of calibration of the new power unit.  “Unfortunately, my lap in Q2 was good. I think until the […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bottas claims first career pole

Valtteri Bottas claimed his first F1 career pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit after a close qualifying session with some great competition between the Mercedes drivers. The Finn beat his teammate Lewis Hamilton by just 0.023s on his second run in Q3. It took Bottas five seasons in Formula One to achieve this performance and he is now closer that ever to reach his first victory in the sport. The Bahrain Grand Prix might give his the best opportunity as the gap to Ferrari is now a little larger […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Palmer enjoys first top 10 qualifying result

Jolyon Palmer qualified in the top ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday. The Brit staged a good recovery after a tricky weekend so far; following a difficult FP3 by improving steadily all the way through the qualifying session. Palmer will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from 5th row, behind Williams' Felipe Massa.  “It’s my best ever qualifying; Q3 for the first time, and I’ve seen a full hour of qualifying, which is nice", Palmer says. "I’m happy, especially as we had a […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bottas beats teammate for pole

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas will start the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday from pole position after setting the fastest time during Qualifying. His fast lap of 1:28.769 set a new track qualifying record and was .023 of a second better than runner-up and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton held the previous track qualifying record of 1:29.493 set last year in Q3, and Bottas’ pole-winning time beat it by .724 of a second. This is Bottas’ first career Formula One pole and the Bahrain Grand Prix will mark his […]