2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Race Weekend: Bahrain Grand Prix

Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Race Laps: 57

Braking Zone: There are eight significant braking zones on the circuit and the toughest for most drivers are Turn 1 and Turn 14.

Power & Fuel: The cars use around 1.8kg of fuel per lap – this is high and without a safety car, it’ll be difficult for the cars to make it until the end of the race without fuel saving of some sort.

Weather Conditions: The Bahrain Grand Prix is the first hot race of the year and the weather conditions which are currently forecast is sunny and hot during the day. In the evening the temperatures cool slightly.


McLaren: 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Fernando Alonso


Fernando Alonso: “After a positive start to the season I’m already really excited to head to Bahrain and get back in the car.”

“Australia gave us a positive feeling and I hope we can continue that momentum as we head into these back-to-back races.”

“I know the team are working hard back at the factory to push through the upgrades that are in the pipeline, as these, along with the development work we’re doing on the chassis and with the power unit, are what will be key to unlocking further performance from our car.”

“We must not get complacent – these two races in Bahrain and Shanghai are tough on the cars and it’s important that we maintain good reliability if we are to maximise our potential.”

“The competition is very strong and we need to keep pushing forward for more points.”

Stoffel Vandoorne


Stoffel Vandoorne: “I’m very happy to be heading to Bahrain on the back of a positive weekend for us in Australia.”

“There’s a good feeling in the team and we’re all working hard to keep that going. We know there’s a lot to do and every race brings a new set of challenges.”

“Bahrain is a great venue – it’s where I started my F1 career when I filled in for Fernando as reserve driver in 2016, and it’s an important race for us thanks to our shareholders.”

“The weather is good and the later-than-usual programme for the weekend sets it apart from a lot of other tracks we visit.”

“Racing from day to night always feels special and makes this grand prix so unique – it means it’s very different from Australia in terms of set-up so I’m keen to maximise track time to work on preparation with the engineers.”

“Last year I had a lot of bad luck there reliability-wise so I’m hoping we can have better fortunes there this time around.”

Renault: 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


Nico Hulkenberg: “The Bahrain International Circuit is a great facility in the middle of the desert. The track itself is quite technical with the natural elements adding a few further challenges, most notably the wind.”

“I really enjoy Bahrain as the heat is guaranteed and the atmosphere is always good to experience.”

“After Australia, we’ve sent out a positive message from Enstone and Viry, but we need to reduce the gap to the front and that’s the challenge.”

Carlos Sainz: “The circuit can be tough on the braking system, and some braking points change slightly throughout the weekend due to the timings of the sessions.”

“It’s always cool racing at night and under the lights, which makes this race one of the more unique of the calendar.”

“Scoring points at the first Grand Prix of the year is always important and the pace was there, so I can’t wait to jump into the car in Bahrain.”

Mercedes: 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


Toto Wolff, Team Principal: “We suspected that the new season would be close fought and the first race confirmed those suspicions.”

“We made mistakes and did not perform to our maximum – and it reminded us that this is the toughest racing series in the world, where every error is punished. It hurt to leave all those points on the table, especially because we know we had the pace to win in Australia.”

“Back at base, we did what we always do after a tough weekend. We made sure that we understand what went wrong and put a process in place to make sure that we don’t see a similar issue in the future.”

“These painful moments are the real learning experiences. Mistakes become training.”

“We expect Bahrain to be another challenging weekend, although the challenges will be of a completely different nature.”

“The race in the desert is tricky because the conditions change drastically between sessions. FP1 and FP3 take place in the heat of the day whereas qualifying and the race itself take place after sunset so it’s much cooler. That makes it extremely difficult to find the right set-up with the car.”

“Bahrain is also a power-sensitive race with the long straights. We saw in Melbourne that the Ferraris in particular were very quick, so I expect it to be a close battle.”

“We’ve seen some great racing in Bahrain in recent years, particularly between our drivers back in 2014, so I think we can look forward to an exciting and competitive weekend.”

Sauber: 2018 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview


Marcus Ericsson: “Off to the first back-to-back of the year. Bahrain is a track that I know very well. I have been there a lot of times and enjoy driving on it.”

“The track has different challenges to it, one being the sand surrounding it. Depending on the wind and weather conditions, this can become a defining factor.”

“In the middle of the track, there is a very technical left hand corner which is one of the most difficult ones of the season.”

It also offers some good overtaking opportunities which I look forward to. After seeing our potential in Australia, we are going into round 2 feeling positive.”

Charles Leclerc: “After having participated in my first Formula 1 race in Australia, I look forward to going into my second round, as I will be familiar with all of the activities taking place at the track throughout the race weekend. I’m excited to go to Bahrain.”

“I know the track from last year when I raced there in Formula 2, and have great memories. I had one of my best races there. The track is interesting.”

“The temperatures are very high, which is very aggressive on the tyres. This creates interesting strategies due to the degradation that takes place.”

“Let’s see what the next race will bring.”

The Formula 1 Girl 🙂

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