Round 01 - Bahrain Grand Prix - March 3rd - 5th
Everything you need to know about the Bahrain Grand Prix
The track was designed by the well-known Hermann Tilke, and broke ground in December of 2002. It hosted its first ever Formula 1 race in 2004, which was won by Michael Schumacher, and it's used for the Bahrain Grand Prix ever since. The track has featured as the opening race of the season since 2014 as well as becoming a regular host for pre-season testing. The Bahrain circuit hosted Formula 1's only pre-season test in 2023 just one week before the first round of the season. Red Bull looked to be the strongest headed into the first race with defending world champion Max Verstappen setting the pace early in testing and continuing throughout the week.
Bahrain International Circuit
DRS Zones: 3
Circuit Length: 5.412km (3.363mi) long
Total Race Distance: 308.238km (191.530mi)
Number of Laps: 57
Lap Record: 1:31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa, 2005)
What the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix gave us
The 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix once again opened the season. Max Verstappen lined up on pole continuing where he left off from 2022. The defending world champion easily took the win ahead of teammate Sergio Perez who finished 11s behind him. Meanwhile there was an amazing fight for the final place on the podium. Fernando Alonso took Aston Martin's second podium in Formula 1, their first since Azerbaijan 2021. The spaniard fought his way from 5th on the grid having a tense fight with former teammate Lewis Hamilton.
He pulled off a beautiful move on the 7 time world champion in the tricky downhill left hander of turn 10. Alonso had soon left Hamilton for dust and was catching fellow countryman Carlos Sainz. The two diced over 3rd place but in the end it was the veteran 41 year Alonso who finshed ahead as Sainz had no grip on a old set of hard tyres. Alonso's podium signaled to the paddock that Aston Martin are very strong team to be feared with. The British team proving that they are already quicker than Mercedes and are arguably just as quick as the Ferrari's.
The Italian team's season however could not have started off worse for Charles Leclerc. Already faced with power unit issues on the morning of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Leclerc was forced to already put a new energy store in his engine pool. Just as things looked to be tough things got even more painful as the Monogasque was forced to pull over mid-race with a failure which turned out to be his energy store once again. Charles Leclerc was hoping to avoid a repeating of reliability issues as his 2022 season was plagued with them but now just one race into 2023 he knows that he will already be taking a engine penalty at some point in the future and puts him 25 points off of Verstappen.
Last 5 Winners
2023: Max Verstappen, Red Bull
2022: Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
2021: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
2020: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes,
2019: Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX 2023 SCHEDULE
Friday March 3rd:
Practice 1 (FP1) : 11:30 - 12:30 (Finished)
Practice 2 (FP2): 15:00 - 16:00 (Finished)
Saturday March 4th:
Practice 3 (FP3): 11:30 - 12:30 (Finished)
Qualifying: 15:00 - 16:00 (Finished)
Sunday March 5th:
Race Start: 15:00 (Finished)