Formula One News » Formula 1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview Posted on 18/04/2013
F1 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview
As the fourth race of the seasons closes in, Formula One heads to Bahrain. Three different winners from the first three races, a fourth winner would tee up a brilliant season.
The 5.412km track has been won by Fernando Alonso the most amount of times  whilst Kimi Raikkonen has the most amount of podiums  but has never won the race along with Lewis Hamilton. The first race held back in 2004 was dominated by Michael Schumacher, picking up pole, fastest lap [which has never been beaten] and the race victory.
The track consists of 15 corners, 9 right, 6 left. The first of the DRS [Drag Reduction System] runs out of Turn 10 to 11 and the second down the pit-straight.
57 laps covering 308.238km and temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees make this one of the hottest and most demanding tracks on the calender.
After Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s dominance in China, the Italian team will be looking to repeat the same again.
Last year, it was Sebastian Vettel who took his first victory of the season from Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean who got his first ever Formula One podium.
Nico Rosberg had a good weekend here last year, after picking up his maiden F1 win in China. He showed how aggressive he can be by forcing Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso off the track to defend them from overtaking him.
This track has never really been a “thriller” in terms of excitement through-out a race. But in 2006 saw Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso going wheel-to-wheel for the victory. The German leading and dominating before Alonso made his first stop and started to reel him in. The Spanish driver eventually winning by just two tenths of a second.
Bahrain is always heavy on brakes and tyres, thus prompting Pirelli to ditch the soft tyres for the weekend. Heavy criticism from the likes of Lewis Hamilton saying they “disintegrated.”
After a far better start to this season, Ferrari will be in for a shout of victory as will no doubt Red Bull and Lotus. Mercedes will be looking for victory after getting pole in the last race but it seems they don’t have the race pace as of yet.
McLaren think they won’t be in the running and are relying on upgrades in Spain to bring them back up to the front, but for now they’ve got to rely on what they currently have. Pirelli have opted to have a late change of tyre compounds, bringing their two hardest sets to withstand the severe tyre wear and heavy braking zones.