Bahrain Grand Prix Tag

By Adam Tate, Managing Editor 1:29.493, the lap Lewis Hamilton put in to claim pole position today at Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit to beat team mate Nico Rosberg is the fastest lap ever recorded here. Faster than the mighty V10 era cars, faster than the V8’s, faster than Mark Webber’s 2005 lap record of 1:29.527 set in a Williams with a roaring V10. Hamilton was thrilled with the time and called it “sexy.” F1 might not have to change as much as they thought for 2017 to make the cars faster thanRead More
Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of final practice in Bahrain ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari took the fight to Mercedes ahead of qualifying at the Sakhir Circuit. With just over 10 minutes left on the clock, the Mercedes drivers took to the track on the red-banded supersoft tyre for their qualifying runs. Nico Rosberg immediately jumped to P1 with a lap of 1:32.104, with Lewis Hamilton quickly slotting into P2 with a lap just five hundredths of a second adrift of the Australian Grand Prix winner. ItRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led the opening practice session for Mercedes at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Rosberg set his flyer early in the session covering the field and again showcasing the dominance of the Mercedes package. Rosberg bested teammate Hamilton by almost .5 seconds while the spread to the rest of the field approached 2 seconds. The Ferrari pair sat midfield for most of the session until Kimi Raikkonen let the horses from the paddock and slotted into the third spot lateRead More
By Adam Tate, Managing Editor Fernando Alonso has not been cleared to race at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. The two-time champ has been sidelined by FIA doctors after the scary crash he had with Haas F1’s Esteban Gutierrez in the season opening Australian Grand Prix. The announcement does not come as a shock as Alonso withstood over 40G’s in one of the most violent crashes in recent memory. Alonso has further revealed that he has a broken rib and a lung issue called a pneumothorax, where air gets trappedRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief There may be no single driver more excited for this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix than Kimi Raikkonen, who returns to the site which was one of his standout performances since his return to Ferrari. Last season, the Finn was a man on a mission as he tore chunks of time out of Lewis Hamilton’s lead in the closing stages at Sakhir International Circuit before finishing a close second to the Mercedes driver. Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, has shown flashes of brilliance during his second stintRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Force India is handing Alfonso Celis Jr. the keys and allowing the young Mexican to make his official Formula 1 debut at the opening free practice session during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend. Celis, 19, will replace fellow countryman Sergio Perez at the Sakhir International Circuit, in what will be his first of seven scheduled outings for the 2016 season. The development driver took part in a Pirelli tire test at the end of last season at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, and alsoRead More
By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer In another flip flop decision, Formula 1 qualifying will NOT revert back to the old style format when the second round of the season happens in Bahrain. This decision stands in contrast to the recommendation of the team principals who voted to eliminate the new knock out style qualifying format after the qualifying disaster in Australia. It’s another instance of inconsistent messaging for the sport! The decision was made by the Formula 1 Strategy Group in a meeting Thursday morning and will need to be confirmedRead More