2015 F1

Bahrain GP Preview, facts and stats

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F1 2015 Bahrain GP Preview, facts and stats – The Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit is round 4 on the 2015 Formula One calendar. This will be the 11th running of the Bahrain GP. This event was canceled in 2011 due to anti-government demonstrations in that Middle East country.

In 2014, the Bahrain GP took place at nighttime for the first time. Bahrain International Circuit had installed 495 lighting poles around the circuit, ranging in height from 10-45 meters (33-148 feet). Over 500 kilometers (311 miles) of cabling had been installed to power the system, and it featured 5,000 luminaries. The entire lighting project at this circuit took just six months to complete.

The Race

Start time1800 (local) / 1600 (BST)
Race distance57 laps (full world championship points awarded after 75% distance/43 laps)
2014 winnerLewis Hamilton
2014 pole positionNico Rosberg 1m33.185s 209.080km/h
2014 fastest lapNico Rosberg 1m37.020s 200.816km/h
Chances of a Safety CarLow, due to the vast expanse of run-off. Having said that, there was a late-race Safety Car in 2014 after Esteban Gutierrez flipped his Sauber.
Don't put the kettle onBetween laps 13-18 and 35-41. Last year’s race was won using a two-stop strategy, but there were different ideas about when to use the Soft and the Medium compounds. The same could well be true this year.
Weather forecastAfter the relative cool of Shanghai, Bahrain will feel hot. Ambient and track temperatures have been much reduced since the race was given a 6pm start time last year, but the teams can still expect some of the highest ambient temperatures of the year.

The Track

First race2004
Circuit length5.412km/3.639 miles
Run to Turn One265 metres
Longest straight1.09km, on the approach to Turn One
Top speed330km/h on the approach to Turn One
DRS zonesTwo – the first on the approach to Turn One, the second on the approach to Turn 11
Key cornerTurn 10. This is a tricky downhill left-hander. It’s off-camber, so it’s very easy to lock the left-front tyre – and it’s vital to make a clean exit because the second DRS zone is located along the ensuing straight.
Pitlane length480 metres

The Car

Fuel consumption1.8kg per lap, making it one of the most fuel-critical races of the season
Full throttle64 per cent
Brake wearHigh. There are eight braking events around the lap and all are from high speeds
Gear changes52 per lap/2964 per race
Did you know?A loop was added to the layout of the Bahrain International Circuit in 2010. It extended the length of the track by 0.848km, but was considered too bumpy and the original design was subsequently reinstated.

Past Winners

YearDriverTeamTime
2014Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:39:42.743
2013Sebastian VettelRed Bull 1:36:0.498
2012Sebastian VettelRed Bull 1:35.10.990
2010Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:39:20.396
2009Jenson ButtonBrawn GP1:31:48.182
2008Felipe MassaFerrari1:31:06.970
2007Felipe MassaFerrari1:33:27.515
2006Fernando AlonsoRenault1:29:46.205
2005Fernando AlonsoRenault1:29:18.531
2004Michael SchumacherFerrari1:28:34.875

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