F1’s first step into the Middle East region came in 2004 when Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit was added to the calendar. Set in the desert, the first day of practice is spent sweeping off the layers of dust and developing a racing line on the Hermann Tilke designed track. The track features a good deal of undulation as well as Tilke’s characteristic long straights in to tight corners which produce some overtaking. High temperatures can contribute to increased tyre degradation. Ferrari have won four out of the nine races at this track including a memorable 1-2 headed by Fernando Alonso in 2010, his first win for Ferrari.
Circuit length 5.412 km
Race distance 308.238 km
2013 race winner Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
Race Strategy Briefing
The F1 teams spent eight days testing at Bahrain before the start of the season, so they have a good idea of how these new hybrid turbo cars will perform.
But strategy remains a question mark, as the conditions in February were cooler than they will be this weekend. It could be either two or three stops depending on how the soft and medium tyres cope.
High track temperatures, lots of corners following each other and a heavy car at the start of the race mean that Bahrain it is one of the toughest circuits of the year on brakes, with four major stops per lap from over 300km/h. It is a track which should suit Mercedes once again.
In collaboration with James Allen
The race history chart and accompanying text recap of the key moments of the race, are together designed to offer a unique review and insight into the strategic who, what, why and how that decided the latest race result.
The graph illustrates the relative performances on each stint of the cars and the gaps between each driver on a lap by lap basis. Use the control to show/hide different drivers and click on the pins for more details of race incidents.
The ‘as it happened’ key talking points, provide a more in-depth accompanying commentary and analysis of the key decisions on the pit wall and in the cockpit decisions that again ultimately helped determine the final race outcome.
Pit stop league table
The league table shows the order of the pit crews based on their best total time in the pit lane in the recent 2014 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX. Please note that this table shows the total pit lane duration, whereas the season best pit stop referenced in the latest race strategy briefing considers the stationery time of the car only during the pit stop.
01 Force India (24.440s)
02 Ferrari (24.457s)
03 McLaren (24.476s)
04 Williams (24.528s)
05 Mercedes (24.687s)
06 Red Bull (24.706s)
07 Lotus (25.032s)
08 Sauber (25.293s)
09 Toro Rosso (25.345s)
10 Caterham (25.367s)
11 Marussia (25.383s)
Starts are a critical part of the race and strategy can be badly compromised by a poor start, while good starts can make strategists change their plans in the hope of a good result.
The below table illustrates whether drivers have gained (+) or lost (-) places off the start line this season on an aggregate basis. Please note that where a driver has been eliminated on a first lap this has been noted and removed from the sample as it skews the table and therefore serves as a guide of trends, rather than a definitive list.
+04 Kobayashi, Sutil, Maldonado
+03 Chilton, Ricciardo, Bianchi, Gutierrez
Alonso, Button, Perez
-04 Vettel, Kvyet
-02 Räikkonen, Hamilton
-01 Grosjean, Magnussen
Melbourne Notes: Kobayashi, Massa eliminated in a first corner accident; Perez, Gutierrez pitted at the end of Lap 1; Bianchi, Grosjean started from pit lane.
Malaysia Notes: Perez started from pit lane, Bianchi pitted at the end of lap 1.
Bahrain notes: Vergne pitted at the end of lap 1 after contact.