History

Three in a row for Schumacher

World champion Michael Schumacher dominated the first ever Formula One race in the Middle East, to win the Bahrain Grand Prix - his teammate Rubens Barrichello finishing second to take a Ferrari one-two.

The German took his third victory in the opening three events of the season - the 73rd on his career - taking the lead from pole position which he was only to relinquish during pitstops.

A word from the winner

"I think everybody here has done a superb job. They have prepared a circuit for us, which was very interesting to drive, technically very difficult, a big challenge. As well, the organisation in terms of pits and space availability, it was just superb. The welcome of the fans, all the people here, was very warm so it was a very, very nice experience I guess we all had here and we look forward to coming back." - Michael Schumacher

Podium

  1. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) - 1h28m34.875
  2. Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari) - +1.367
  3. Jenson Button (BAR) - +26.687

Pole position
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) in 1:30.139.

Fastest lap
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) in 1:30.252 on lap 7

Alonso wins Bahrain GP

World Championship leader Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain Grand Prix today, taking his second victory in a row - and Renault’s third victory in a row for the season,

The Spanish driver dominated from pole position to finish 13 seconds ahead of Jarno Trulli, who took second place in his Toyota, Kimi Raikkonen finishing third 32 seconds behind the leader in his McLaren-Mercedes.

A word from the winner

"The R25 was perfect today, and the team has been fantastic all weekend, with no mistakes. To score 26 points out of 30 possible is brilliant, but we need to stay cautious: we have only done three races out of nineteen in a very long season. However, I think that if we stay competitive like we are, and if we can avoid mechanical problems, then we will be hard to beat." - Fernando Alonso

Podium

  1. Fernando Alonso (Renault)- 1h29m18.531
  2. Jarno Trulli (Toyota) - +13.409
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren-Mercedes) - +32.063

Pole Position
Fernando Alonso 3:01.902 (aggregate)

Fastest Lap
Pedro de la Rosa 1:31.447 on lap 43

Alonso makes it two in Bahrain

Fernando Alonso won the Bahrain GP in his Renault to take the opening race of the 2006 season. Second place went to polesitter Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari, one second behind, while third place went to Kimi Raikkonen, some 19 seconds behind, who ran the race on a one-stop strategy after starting in last place.

A word from the winner

"It was the only opportunity to win the race and I was going for it. It was my moment. I knew that if I was in front of him at the exit, the race was mine. At the end it was quite a nice gap and all the last stint was quite relaxed." - Fernando Alonso

Podium

  1. Fernando Alonso (Renault) - 1h29m46.205
  2. Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) - +1.246
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren-Mercedes) - +19.360

Pole Position
Michael Schumacher 1:31.431

Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg 1:32.406 on lap 42

Massa dominates Bahrain GP

Felipe Massa won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole today in his Ferrari, taking his third career win. The Brazilian dominated the race and finished 2.3 seconds ahead of rookie sensation Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren-Mercedes in second, and a further 8.4 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari in third.

A word from the winner

"This time we put everything together. I’m really pleased. Now we need to push even harder to keep up the momentum." - Felipe Massa

Podium

  1. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) - 1h33m27.515
  2. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) - +2.360
  3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - +10.839

Pole Position
Felipe Massa 1:32.652

Fastest Lap
Felipe Massa 1:34.067 on lap 42

Massa wins Bahrain GP in Ferrari 1-2

Felipe Massa won the Bahrain Grand Prix today in commanding fashion after taking the lead in his Ferrari at the first corner, and never looking back.

World Champion Kimi Raikkonen finished second, 3.3 seconds back, in the other Ferrari, while first-time pole-sitter Robert Kubica finished in third in his BMW Sauber, some 4.9 seconds behind.

A word from the winner

"I love this circuit. It is my second victory in a row. Always I have gone very strong here. The race was difficult because I didn’t want to make mistakes. I was just controlling the pace and wanted to bring the car home. What was in my mind was the last race." - Felipe Massa

Podium

  1. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) - 1h31m06.970
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - +3.339
  3. Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) - +4.998

Pole Position
Robert Kubica 1:33.096

Fastest Lap
Heikki Kovalainen 1:33.193 on lap 49

Button blisters Bahrain GP

Jenson Button won the Bahrain Grand Prix in his Brawn-Mercedes - the British driver able to maximize the performance of his tyres over his rivals. Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull-Renault finished second, 7.1 seconds behind, followed by polesitter Jarno Trulli in his Toyota, 9.1 seconds behind the winner.

A word from the winner

"It was probably the best race drive of my career because I didn’t put a foot wrong. But I’d also say it was the finest first lap. It shows what I can do because this was not a perfect situation..." - Jenson Button

Podium

  1. Jenson Button (Brawn) - 1h31m48.182
  2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) - +7.187
  3. Jarno Trulli (Toyota) - +9.170

Pole Position
Jarno Trulli 1:33.431

Fastest Lap
Jarno Trulli 1:34.556 on lap 10

Alonso for win no3 in Bahrain

The record books will say Fernando Alonso won the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix on his debut for Ferrari, with team mate Felipe Massa in second place, in what was the first 1-2 finish for the Italian team since the French GP of 2008.

A word from the winner

"Coming back to the top of the podium is always special and it’s even more special with Ferrari" - Fernando Alonso

Podium

  1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) - 1h39m20.396
  2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari) - +16.099
  3. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) - +23.182

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel 1:54.101

Fastest Lap
Fernando Alonso 1:58.287 on lap 45

No Bahrain GP this year

Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R. Alzayani, has issued the following statement:

"Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council’s decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision.

"Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of Formula One, from pioneering F1 racing in the Middle East, to helping other countries in facilitating their own races in new territories, as well as providing our own unique experience and universal welcome to Grand Prix supporters.

"Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which further extends the calendar season detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.

"We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year’s decision will be a disappointment. We would also especially like to thank the FIA, FOM, The Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and the teams for all support and understanding they have extended to us at this time."

Vettel and Red Bull back on form

Sebastian Vettel made it four different winners in as many 2012 grands prix as he led the Bahrain GP from start to finish. The win takes him to the top of the world championship table, four points clear of Lewis Hamilton as McLaren endured a difficult afternoon with Hamilton’s eighth place the team’s only score.

A word from the winner

"I think it was an incredible race, extremely tough. I can only say a big thank you to the team. They did an incredible job. The amount of work they had to do which we have given them because we were weren’t happy with the car…we got it right this weekend, I was very happy in qualifying and the race to be fair.” - Sebastian Vettel

Podium

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault)
  3. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault)

Pole Position
Sebastian Vettel 1:32.422

Fastest Lap
Fastest Lap 1:36.379 on lap 41

Impressive drive

Battles, duels and fights raged from start to finish in the action-packed Bahrain Grand Prix. But Sebastian Vettel, who won the race in his Red Bull, only took part in the mêlée for the first three laps. Then he cantered home to his second victory of the season and the 28th of his F1 career.

A word from the winner

"It was a faultless, seamless race from start to finish. I knew it was crucial to get into the lead and look after the tyres, the pace was phenomenal, the car was great. I could push every single lap and look after the tyres.” - Sebastian Vettel

Podium

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) - 1h34m00.498
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus-Renault) - +9.111
  3. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) - +19.507

Pole Position
Nico Rosberg 1:32.330

Fastest Lap
Sebastian Vettel 1:36.961 on lap 55

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP ahead of team mate

Lewis Hamilton beat out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after a hard-fought duel in the Grand Prix of Bahrain that saw fabulous fights throughout the field and throughout the 57 lap race.

The bare facts are that Rosberg started from the pole but lost the lead to Hamilton in the first turns. Hamilton would then lead every lap except for the three when Rosberg was out in front during the pit stops.

A word from the winner

"I was on a real knife edge at the end. Nico drove fantastically well. It was so fair but so hard to keep him behind me.” - Lewis Hamilton

Podium

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes GP) - 1h38m42.743
  2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) - +1.085
  3. Sergio Perez (Force India) - +24.067

Pole Position
Nico Rosberg 1:33.185

Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg 1:37.020 on lap 49

Hamilton wins Bahrain GP

Lewis Hamilton did not lead every lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen was fast, and put his Ferrari out in front laps 16 and 17, and again from lap 35 to 39. And Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg led lap 34. But all that happened during the pit stop cycles.

For the rest of the race, from starting on pole to the checkered flag after 57 laps, Hamilton was in control as he went on to win for the third time in four races. He never felt threatened by the Ferraris.

A word from the winner

"Thank you to my team; they did an amazing job this weekend. Ferrari gave us a run for our money. Fortunately, I was able to keep the car together. A massive thanks to everyone.” - Lewis Hamilton

Podium

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes GP) - 1h35m05.809
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - +3.380
  3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP) - +6.033

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton 1:32.571

Fastest Lap
Kimi Raikkonen 1:36.311 on lap 36

Rosberg’s first win in Bahrain

Nico Rosberg claimed his first-ever victory in the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix this evening at a brilliantly floodlit BIC in Sakhir.

A word from the winner

“It’s been an awesome weekend,”

“The key was the start; I had a quick getaway and from then on I was trying to control the pace. It’s absolutely awesome to get the win."

Podium

  1. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) - 1:33:34.696
  2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) - +10.282
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - +30.148

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton 1:29.493

Fastest Lap
Nico Rosberg 1:34.482 on lap 41

Vettel strikes with brilliant victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix

After splitting the first two races of the season with Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton, Vettel was eager to strike back and it was the star pair once again battling in the end for all the glory. This time it was the scarlet red of Ferrari taking the chequered flag as a brilliant series of fireworks lit up the night sky above Sakhir.

Vettel crossed the finish line with a winning time of one hour 33 minutes 53.374 seconds. Hamilton, who had been given a five-second time penalty for impeding Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the pit lane, had cut the gap to 6.660 seconds by the end. Bottas had to settle for the final podium place 20.397s back in third.

A word from the winner

“The car was really amazing to drive and I had a good feeling yesterday,”

“For many laps it really worked well. It was just a pleasure. Lewis was threatening towards the end, and with the traffic you never know. But it was a very controlled race, and the car was simply a dream today.”

Podium

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) - 1:33:53.4
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) - +6.660
  3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) - +20.397

Pole Position
Valtteri Bottas 1:28.769

Fastest Lap
Lewis Hamilton 1:32.798 at Lap 46

One track, Five layouts

Grand Prix Track

Grand Prix Track

The Grand Prix Track has held nine of the 10 Bahrain Grand Prix. In 2010, the 6.4-kilometre Endurance Circuit was used to mark the 60th anniversary of Formula One.

  • 15 Number of turns
  • 4 Number of straights
  • 1,090m Length of start/finish straight
Inner track

Inner track

The Inner Track is mainly used for national race meetings and corporate and retail experiences. It features many of the most challenging sections of the Grand Prix Track.

  • 2.55km Total length
  • 8 Number of turns
Outer track

Outer track

The Outer Track is a fast and challenging sweep through the Sakhir desert racing facility and includes the full length of BIC’s main straight.

  • 3.664 Length of Outer Track
  • 9 Number of turns
Paddock Track

Paddock Track

The Paddock Track is an international-standard layout that includes the circuit’s two main straights. It also features the high-speed southern section.

  • 3.705 Length of Paddock Track
  • 9 Number of turns
Drag Strip

Drag Strip

BIC was accorded membership into the United States’ renowned National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Worldwide Network.

  • 402 Drag strip length

Stats

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