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2014 Bahrain: Formula One F1 Starting Line-Up Grid & Race Preview
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 05, 2014 - 10:02 PM
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2014 Bahrain: Formula One F1 Starting Line-Up Grid & Race Preview


By Mike Sulka

Round three of the 2014 Formula One season runs Sunday with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sunday's race will be the tenth time the F1 series has raced at the Bahrain International Circuit based in Sakhir, Bahrain. The track length is (5.412 km/3.363 miles). The race distance is 57 laps.

Twice the Bahrain International Circuit has staged an F1 season opener. It also holds the special designation of being the very first Middle Eastern country to host a round of the Formula One World Championship - 2004.

One interesting note is that despite many repeated rumors, sand around BIC has never been glued down to stop it from blowing on the track.

Tomorrow's Pole sitter will be Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who won the front row starting slot with a lap of 1:33.18 - about a second slower than the 2013 Pole.

As with any Formula One race, Rosberg will need to get a solid jump and exit Turn One in front. If he does, and his car holds together, it should be his to win or lose. Two of Rosberg's four career wins have come from Pole. However, last year's Pole at Bahrain resulted in a ninth place result.

Starting second on the grid will be Lewis Hamilton and his No. 44 Mercedes. The team and driver have been very quick in qualifying with two previous poles, with one victory and one DNF.

Valtteri Bottas (Williams) will start third with Sergio Perez (Force India) starting at his side.

Four drivers in the field have won the Bahrain Grand Prix previously. Alonso - has won the event three times (2005, 2006 & 2010). Felipe Massa won the event in 2007 & 2008, while Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) has won this event the last two years. Jenson Button has the other victory.

Ferrari is the only constructor to have won this event four times, and the only constructor to have finished one-two - a feat they accomplished three times (2010, 2008 & 2004).

Beyond that, no driver has won this Grand Prix from lower than fourth, with the Pole sitter winning four times in nine tries.

As for how this race will develop after the opening surprises, is anyone's guess.

But we believe that Rosberg will take the win given the Mercedes's great race pace. But keep an eye on Hamilton, and team orders. We expect the team to let the pair race to the first corner, but then will ask them to stay in line. However, boys will be boys...

So enjoy! The 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix is about to begin, and hopefully it will be as exciting as the first two Grand Prix of the season.


 

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2014 Bahrain GP: Formula One Qualifying Results
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.439 1:33.708 1:33.18 12
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.323 1:33.872 1:33.464 12
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.220 1:34.592 1:34.051 16
4 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:34.934 1:34.842 1:34.247 15
5 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:34.998 1:34.747 1:34.346 19
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.234 1:34.925 1:34.368 15
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.699 1:34.714 1:34.387 17
8 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:35.085 1:34.842 1:34.511 14
9 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.288 1:34.904 1:34.712 17
10 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.251 1:34.723 1:34.992 17
11 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:35.549 1:34.985 9
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:34.874 1:35.116 12
13 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:35.395 1:35.145 14
14 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:35.815 1:35.286 14
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.567 1:35.891 14
16 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.654 1:35.908 10
17 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:36.663 7
18 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:36.840 5
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:37.085 6
20 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:37.310 6
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:37.875 7
22 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:37.913 6

Q1 107% Time 1:41.515

Note - Ricciardo qualified third, penalised 10 grid places for unsafe release at previous round. Sutil qualified 18th, penalised 5 grid places for forcing Grosjean off track in Q1.



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