Bahrain Grand Prix 2018
It is time to start the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix! One of the most colorful stages of Formula 1 is held in the desert, which leaves its mark on the state of the cars and pilots. Not everyone is able to withstand harsh conditions. Therefore Grand Prix Bahrain is won by the most experienced and enduring riders! In the last F 1 edition, the Bahraini highway submitted to Sebastian Vettel, becoming his third “victoria” at this stage. But all this is history ... Bahrain needs new heroes and records!
Where and when will the 2018 Grand Prix of Bahrain
This is one of the first stages of Formula 1. As a rule, in the championship calendar, auto racing follows the Australian or Chinese Grand Prix. Therefore, the competition takes place in March - April of each year. Last season, the Bahraini highway took part on April 14 - 16, 2017.
Competitions will be held on the territory of the Bahrain International Circuit (Sakhir), which is located 30 km from the capital of the kingdom of the city of Manama. The sports complex was opened in 2004, becoming the first Formula 1 track in the Middle East.Starting in 2014, auto racing (with the exception of free practice and qualification) is held at night.
Here are the main characteristics of the SC:
- total length of the course - 308 238 m;
- length of the route - 5,412 m;
- number of circles - 56;
- the direction of movement is clockwise;
- number of turns - 15 (9 right and 6 left);
- track width - from 14 to 22 m.
The sports complex seats about 45 thousand spectators. A quarter of the seats, which is almost 11,000, are in the main podium.
SK also has an additional infrastructure, which is designed for fans, athletes and the press: parking for 13,000 cars, a restaurant, a media center and a modern medical center.
How was the 2017 Grand Prix Bahrain
Triumph on the “Sakhir” celebrated Sebastian Vettel from the team “Ferrari”. For the Germans, this is already the 3rd "Victoria" at this stage, and for the Italian "stable" - the 5th.
Drivers of supercars interfered with wind, sand and heat, which covered the circuit, despite the morning. Will cope with natural collisions Vettel best of all. The German showed the first time in two sessions out of three. Only Verstappen - Red Bull pilot - managed to excel in the third practice.Russian Daniil Kvyat showed the 10th result.
The races of the race were largely decided at the qualification stage. In the end, the qualifying rounds were for representatives of Mercedes. Finnish racer Valtteri Bottas and Briton Lewis Hamilton won the first and second places respectively. Locked the top three Vettel. True, the difference between their results was not significant.
Quat showed the 11th time. Russian could be in the top ten. But the insulting error in the second qualifying session did not allow him to get into the TOP-10.
For some time, Bottas retained the leadership he had gained in the final qualifying round. But then Vettel inflated the pace, consistently overtaking both Bottas and Hamilton, eventually winning the race. Together with the German in the first ten were the following pilots:
- Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari);
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes);
- Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes);
- Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari);
- Daniel Riccardo ("Red Bull");
- Felipe Massa ("Williams");
- Sergio Perez ("Force India");
- Romain Grosjean (“Haas”);
- Nico Hulkenberg (Renault);
- Esteban Windows ("Force India").
Daniil Kvyat showed only 12 results. His partner - Carlos Sainz - and altogether withdrew from the race, crashing into the car of the representative of the "Williams" Lance Stroll on the 13th round.In general, the Bahraini Grand Prix team “Toro Rosso” is difficult to bring himself into an asset ...
But the most important loser was Max Verstappen. The Dutchman, who showed good results in free practice and qualifications, flew off the track on the 12th lap because of problems with the brakes. The representative of the Red Bull could not continue the race.