Winner Odds of Bahrain GP in 2019
About Bahrain GP
The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the newest races on the circuit having first come on to the calendar in 2004. With Formula One reaching into new parts of the globe, Bahrain became the newest member of the family some 15 years ago and this has become almost a permanent feature ever since.
The one exception to an unbroken run came in 2011 when protests against the government led to a cancellation. Bahrain returned to the schedule in 2012 and has been with us ever since.
That very first race was won by the great Michael Schumacher who, perhaps surprisingly, failed to add to that success in five more years on the track.
The Bahrain Grand Prix currently appears very early on in the calendar and is the second race of the season, following the curtain-raising Australian Grand Prix.
The 2019 edition of the Bahrain Grand Prix is the 15th running of the race but in a short space of time, one man has dominated. Sebastian Vettel won his first Bahrain GP back in 2012 and he leads the list of multiple winners with four chequered flags.
Next on the list is Fernando Alonso who was very much the man to beat in the early days of this race. The Spanish driver won in 2005 and 2006 in the Renault and he added his third victory after switching to Ferrari in 2010.
Meanwhile, there have been two wins apiece for Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa while the overall list is completed by Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg and Jenson Button.
In terms of manufacturers, Ferrari have the upper hand here and the input of Schumacher, Vettel and Massa has helped them to six victories in Bahrain. Mercedes won for three straight years between 2014 and 2016 thanks to Hamilton and Rosberg while Red Bull and Renault complete this section with two wins apiece.
It’s perfectly possible that the record for Fastest Lap will be broken in the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix but what is the mark that drivers need to beat? Surprisingly, in an age when cars are getting faster every season, the current record has stood for over ten years.
Back in 2005, Pedro de la Rosa went round the current GP circuit in Bahrain in 1.31.447. De la Rosa achieved this mark in the McLaren and it’s one of the oldest standing records in F1.
Due to strict alcohol laws in Bahrain, winning drivers do not, traditionally, spray champagne over each other at the end of the race. Bottles are still provided but the liquid inside is a non-alcoholic rosewater drink.
The Bahrain Grand Prix is a history maker and is the site for the first ever F1 race to be held in the Middle East.
After that debut in 2004, Bahrain was given an award for Best Organised Grand Prix by the FIA.
The circuit in Bahrain can hold up to 45,000 spectators and 10,500 of these can be seated in the main grandstand on the home straight. Among the interesting architecture here is an outstanding, eight story VIP tower.
The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix state that over 4,700 staff work here across the Grand Prix weekend. This figure includes marshalls, security and doctors.
Perhaps the unluckiest driver in the history of the Bahrain Grand Prix is Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn has appeared on the podium eight times but so far, has never won the race.
In terms of unlucky manufacturers, McLaren may have that fastest lap record but they have yet to win the Bahrain Grand Prix. With Mercedes and McLaren currently dominating, they may have to wait a little while longer.
Sebastian Vettel may be the most successful driver in the history of the Bahrain GP but the German recorded the only DNS of his career back in 2016. The engine of Vettel’s Ferrari gave up on the formation lap.
Ask any F1 fan about the design of the Sakhir Grand Prix circuit in Bahrain and they will point to what is perceived to be a key flaw. The track features run off areas that are much bigger than most other circuits and as such, they may fail to punish drivers who cannot stay on the track.
German architect and racing driver Hermann Tilke designed the course and he was also responsible for the Sepang venue in Malaysia. After amendments to the existing circuit were carried out in 2005, the current course now has 15 turns and it cost around $150 million to construct.
The Sakhir Grand Prix circuit is located in the middle of a desert and in the early days, there were concerns over sand blowing onto the tracks. There have been sandstorms here in the past, more notably on testing and practise days but thanks to a special adhesive, it doesn’t stick to the track surface.
The contract details in regard to Bahrain’s future in F1 are a little hard to track down but we do know that its immediate future is secure. The race will definitely be on a new calendar in 2020 and is likely to be with us for a long time yet.
Rumours of a huge, 15 year contract from 2016 were denied but it’s clear that the FIA are happy to be in this part of the world and Bahrain is close to being a permanent Grand Prix fixture.