Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas kicked off his 2019 marketing campaign in fashion, dominating the Australian Grand Prix to assert his first win since 2017. Can he double up in Bahrain?
What time does it begin? How can I watch it?
This weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix is about to get underway at 18:10 p.m. native time, 16:10 p.m. (BST) and 11.10 a.m. (ET). For U.S. viewers, all of this weekend’s periods are stay on ESPN:
Friday — Follow
Follow 1 – Friday, March 29, 6:55 AM – ESPNU
Follow 2 – Friday, March 29, 10:55 AM – ESPNU
Saturday — Qualifying
Follow three – Saturday, March 30, 7:55 AM – ESPN2
Qualifying – Saturday, March 30, 10:55 AM – ESPN2
Sunday — Race
On The Grid – Sunday, March 31, 10:30 AM – ESPN2
Race – Sunday, March 31, 11:05 AM – ESPN2
U.Okay. viewers can watch each session stay on Sky Sports activities F1. Verify native listings for all different territories.
The burning query… Is Ferrari stronger than its Melbourne outing recommended?
From class of the sphere in winter testing to totally humbled in Australia, it has been a rollercoaster month for everybody at Ferrari. For some unknown cause, all the Scuderia’s pre-season promise and tempo vanished in Melbourne, with the lead Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel ending in fourth place, nearly a minute behind race winner Valtteri Bottas.
Race tempo wasn’t the one problem, both. In qualifying, Vettel was zero.704s adrift of pole sitter Lewis Hamilton’s time whereas teammate Charles Leclerc was an additional zero.252s behind. The excellent news for Ferrari is that this efficiency looks as if an actual anomaly. Primarily based on all the knowledge, and the distinctive nature of the Albert Park circuit, it does not seem as if they are going to battle like this at each race. The turnaround has to begin this weekend in Bahrain as Ferrari cannot afford to provide Mercedes a headstart on the earth championship.
Nearly each fan of System One would definitely hope they’ll discover some speedy positive factors and problem Mercedes in 2019.
Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari drives his automotive through the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Chris Putnam / Barcroft Media through Getty Photographs
Which automotive will go well with the monitor?
Final 12 months, Mercedes arrived in Australia and blitzed the sphere. They comfortably had the quickest automotive, however an premature Security Automotive through the race handed victory to Ferrari. When the groups bought to Bahrain, we noticed the primary actual glimpse of Ferrari’s potential with a entrance row lockout. Vettel then went on to win his second race in succession.
The monitor floor in Bahrain is far more abrasive than Albert Park. There are additionally much less medium-speed corners — one thing Ferrari struggled with in Melbourne — as an alternative, there’s principally straights and low-speed corners. This kind of circuit ought to actually go well with Ferrari’s package deal.
Wanting down the grid, Toro Rosso is one which stands out. Like Ferrari, they loved a robust weekend in Bahrain final 12 months with Pierre Gasly ending a career-best P4. In the event that they present the identical form of tempo as they did in Australia, one other haul of factors may very well be on the playing cards.
The stat recordsdata
eight – The quantity of podiums Kimi Riakkonen has had in Bahrain, however, amazingly, he has by no means gained the race.
Felipe Massa – The one non-world champion to win the Bahrain Grand Prix (2007, 2008).
1,279km – No one has led greater than Vettel in Bahrain. He is nearly double Hamilton, the following finest, on 655km.
April – The Bahrain Grand Prix has been held in April yearly besides 2006 and 2010.
1 – Only a single level separates Mercedes (230) and Ferrari (229) on the prime of the all-time Bahrain Grand Prix factors scored listing.
Lewis Hamilton stands on the rostrum after ending second on the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Stephen Blackberry/Motion Plus through Getty Photographs
Obtainable compounds: Laborious C1 (white), Medium C2 (yellow), Comfortable C3 (purple)
Mario Isolo, Head of automotive racing – “Now we have seen some thrilling tactical battles beforehand in Bahrain, notably final 12 months, and hopefully there’s much more potential for that this 12 months. The C1 and C2 compounds which can be the onerous and medium selections this weekend are literally somewhat softer than the onerous and medium tyres final 12 months, which ought to make them much more nicely suited to the monitor. Though the important thing to Bahrain is managing the rear tyres, not many groups have chosen an additional set of the onerous compound. As all the time, the problem consists of coping with the traction calls for on a variable monitor with falling temperatures, in addition to the roughest asphalt of the 12 months.”
Minimal beginning pressures: Entrance 21.5 psi, rear 19 psi
Unsurprisingly, it’s set to be heat in Bahrain this weekend. There may be an anticipated prime of 27C on Friday and Saturday whereas temperatures might rise to as excessive as 33C on Sunday. The race does happen underneath lights, so it is going to be cooler by the point the race will get underway.
Identical to in earlier years, there’s nearly a zero % likelihood of rain this weekend.
Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari celebrates on the rostrum after profitable the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix. Charles Coates/Getty Photographs
We should not get sucked into the shape line of Australia, but it surely’s onerous to not. Mercedes appeared comfortably faster than Ferrari and one man can be hoping to sq. the ledger together with his teammate.
Winner: Lewis Hamilton