Bahrain GP: Key Stats For F1 Predictions

Two Mercedes F1 cars on the race track in Australia, Albert Park Circuit
As you prepare to update your Fantasy F1 and other predictions for the 2019 Bahrain GP, here are some Bahrain GP F1 stats to aid your decisions. Given the popularity of Fantasy F1 and other prediction competitions and games, we will bring to you F1 stats and data every race week.  

The first night race of the 2019 Formula 1 Season is already upon us and after a not-so-normal opening round in Australia, the excitement for this weekend’s Bahrain GP is sky-high! Bahrain GP is known to offer an exciting race over the years mainly due to the challenges that the circuit throws at the teams and drivers to tackle. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel highlighted the circuit’s ‘little margin for error’ a few days ago. Two of the most challenging aspects of this is the grip levels on offer and braking. Drivers and teams have to get their traction, braking and race strategies spot on in order to achieve glory.

Scuderia Ferrari have achieved the most number of wins for any team at Bahrain – six. As for Vettel, he has stood on the top step of the podium four times – higher than any other driver on the current grid. The stage is set for the scarlet red Ferraris to shine again at Bahrain, but having had a difficult season opener at Melbourne, they need to bounce back to show everyone that the pace they showed at winter testing is still there. Mercedes had a very strong result last time at Melbourne, winning the maximum possible points from the weekend – 44. They are the team to beat this time around, and with Red Bull Racing scoring Honda’s podium finish of the V6 turbo hybrid era, there is hope that the championship battle will be closer than last year; so, we are in for a tough battle yet, at the front and middle of the grid.

Traditionally, Bahrain is known to offer good overtaking opportunities and with the FIA adding a 3rd DRS zone a few days before the race, there could be plenty of overtaking scenarios – not to mention the more-effective DRS that has been implemented this season. The all important ‘best of the rest’ – fourth place for the Constructors’ Championship; Australia showed that Haas has the edge over their rivals, but with Renault, Racing Point, Alfa Romeo and Mclaren in the fray the mid-field battle of eight cars will entertain us even if the top-6 don’t!

Our friends at iBetF1 shared some interesting Bahrain GP F1 stats – ones that will help your selection in the various fantasy F1 games and prediction competitions. You can check out their full F1 stats here:

  • In the last four years, the winner of the Bahrain GP has come from the front row of the starting grid – basically, qualifying is ever-so-important
  • Furthermore, the driver starting from pole position has won the race twice in the last 5 years
  • Bahrain is a challenging race circuit and from four of the last five races, approx. 16.5 drivers have been classified at the finish – that’s a near 20% attrition rate

Circuit Stats

Length of the circuit – 5.412 Km

Race distance – 308.238 Km

Turns – 15

Lap Record – 1:31.447 held by Pedro de la Rosa (2005)

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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