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29 Mar 2019 by Matthew Atkinson

Formula One 2019 – Bahrain Grand Prix Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does qualifying begin for the Bahrain Grand Prix? Saturday 30th March, 15:00 (UK)

When does the race begin for the Bahrain Grand Prix? Sunday 31st March, 16:10 (UK)

What is the expected weather for the weekend? Warm temperatures ranging between 23c-25c on Saturday with minimal chance of rain. Slightly warmer temperatures expected on Sunday but even less chance of rain

What channel is the Bahrain Grand Prix on in the UK? Both the qualifying and race will be televised live on Sky Sport F1

Where can I stream the Bahrain Grand Prix in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the qualifying and race live on Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the Bahrain Grand Prix? https://tickets.formula1.com/en/3176-bahrain-fom/

Who won the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix on? Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

FIVE KEY FACTORS

  • Ferrari have dominated Bahrain in the past but after their poor showing at the season opener in Melbourne, can Ferrari regain their speed and bounce back? The Italians are confident they have corrected the issues with their slow pace down under.
  • A rejuvenated Valtteri Bottas was in a league of his own in Australia but can he win again in Bahrain? Expectations are high for the Finn, but Lewis Hamilton will be determined to halt the revived team-mate threat.
  • An under-pressure Pierre Gasly needs a strong performance in the Red Bull this week after a disappointing showing in Australia. He was eliminated in qualifying in Q1 and could only recover to 11th in the race, behind the Red Bull sister-team Toro Rosso.
  • Bahrain is a track that should provide much more overtakes and racing spectacle. A twilight race in the desert, with dropping temperatures effecting tyre performance throughout the race. Less than half of the races at Bahrain have seen the pole-sitter take the win.
  • The troubles at Williams look to continue this weekend with reports that a lack of spare parts will hamper them further at the Sakhir circuit.

THE PREDICTION

After a disappointing season opener where he didn’t even make the podium, the heat of the desert and the sweeping corners of the Sakhir circuit should help the Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel recapture the tyre performance and speed.

The Italian squad will seek to show their lack of pace in Australia was a one-off. The prediction is that Sebastian Vettel will take his third consecutive win at Bahrain.

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