Sebastian Vettel has led the Bahrain GP from start to finish to win his first GP of the season. Kimi Räikkönen brough his Lotus car home in second place after a few unfortunate races. His teammate Grosjean finished third to complete a great result for Lotus.
The 2012 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race scheduled to be held on 22 April 2012 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. It will be the first time Formula One has returned to Bahrain after the 2011 race was cancelled due to ongoing anti-government protests.
After using the "endurance circuit" in 2010, the series will revert to using the "Grand Prix" configuration for the 2012 race.
The race will be supported by the GP2 Series.
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Well the only team I'd bet in being in the hunt for pole and the win is McLaren. The makeup and order of the rest of the top 10 is anyone's guess!
I think Mercedes will be faster in quali than the race this time out, with temperatures hurting them. I think Red Bull will bring the b-spec exhaust for both cars and that relatively Vettel will be two tenths behind Webber in qualifying.
My prediction is Hamilton for pole and first win of the season. I think Mercedes will run him close in qualifying, as will Button. Sauber will qualify toward the back of the top ten but run more strongly in the race. Renault will be stronger than they were in China. Red Bull will be round about the same position in qualifying, but Vettel in particular will be stronger in the race. Ferrari I think will struggle a little bit as the other teams around them get on top of the tyres.
This track requires a good high speed ballance and low drag configuration. The high speed is 5/6/7 and 11/12/13, both right left right sections, the low speed corners at 1 and 10 need good traction out of them. As for the rest, they are all medium speed corners that need a good ballance of aero and mechanichal grip as well as good traction.
Its a front limited track, the front tyres take a hammering under breaking and turning into corners. Also high track temps make tyre management even harder, not to mention the sand whitch is almost to a point corosive to tyre rubber as well.
I think it will be a track that not one car will dominate over the full lap, it will be the car that has the best compromise over the lap that will win. If you have a car that is consistantly second or third in the sector times will have the best aggregate lap times here.
One other factor that this track will have that some others dont is that KERS will be worth roughly 6 tenths here due to the 4 straights and the ammount of KERS harvest avalable with arround 4 big stops and 3 other stops that arent as large but as good for harvest.
Mercedes AMGs DRS should stand out here as many as 7 DRS zones, but probably only 5 propperly useable ones. That should give them a pretty decent boost here.
6 - in the infield. It's gone now. (5 was the left hand kink into the infield complex, then 6 was the right hand kink. Then you braked for the left hander of 7. Just a hundredth before you start braking, the bump is there. The Ferrari was just cruising over it like there was no bump, Red Bull lifted slightly, but the McLaren was lifting and coasting completely over the bump)