Race Strategy Briefing
Bahrain could be a similar kind of race to China - the Pirelli tyre choices are the same (soft and medium) and although Bahrain is more abrasive, the temperatures will be slightly cooler, as the race will be held at night. Therefore, we are likely to see a similar pattern of two stops with soft/soft/ medium as the default strategy. This season MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS is less able to take risks with strategy due to Scuderia Ferrari being closer behind them. In Bahrain last year Mercedes was able to give the second placed car a chance of winning the race with an alternative strategy, which made for a brilliant race. This won’t be possible this year and so qualifying and the start of the race will be critical.
In collaboration with James Allen
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
2014 race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)