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Bahrain 2023! Everything You Need To Know...

Updated: Mar 5

After a long 3 months Formula 1 is back! Welcome to the first Grand Prix of the 2023 season in Bahrain.


This is the first time we get to see the new cars on track to race along with seeing how the rookies perform for the first time under the pressure of an F1 race.


I'll be updating this post over the weekend when new results/news come up!

 

JUMP TO:


Bahrain Schedule

About The Track

Free Practice Updates

Qualifying Updates

Pre-race Penalties

The Race

Any Other News

Championship Standings

 

Bahrain Schedule (GMT)


Friday 3rd March 2023:

Free Practice 1: 11:30 - 12:30

Free Practice 2: 15:00 - 16:00


Saturday 4th March 2023:

Free Practice 3: 11:30 - 12:30

Qualifying: 15:00 - 16:00


Sunday 5th March 2023:

The Race: 15:00

 

About The Track


  • The Bahrain International Circuit was built in 2002 with the first Grand Prix being held in 2004.

  • The circuit has three DRS zones with a speed trap just before Turn 1.

  • The race will have 57 laps of the 5.412km circuit.

  • The lap record was set by Pedro de la Rosa at 1:31.447 in 2005.

Image taken from official Formula One website
 

Free Practice Updates


Free Practice 1 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P9. 1:34.689. Completed 20 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P8. 1:34.575. Completed 18 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P13. 1:35.015. Completed 20 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P16. 1:35.402. Completed 25 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P15. 1:35.105. Completed 20 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P17. 1:35.455. Completed 22 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P2. 1:33.196. Completed 22 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P6. 1:34.298. Completed 17 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P20. 1:36.072. Completed 21 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P5. 1:34.257. Completed 17 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P7. 1:34.402. Completed 20 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P14. 1:35.043. Completed 22 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P4. 1:34.165. Completed 21 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P12. 1:34.997. Completed 24 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P10. 1:34.917. Completed 13 laps.

  • George Russell: P11. 1:34.966. Completed 20 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P3. 1:33.375. Completed 21 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P1. 1:32.758. Completed 21 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P19. 1:36.018. Completed 15 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P18. 1:35.749. Completed 24 laps.


Overall Rankings For FP1:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:32.758

2

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+0.438

3

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.617

4

Lando Norris

McLaren

+1.407

5

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+1.499

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+1.540

7

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.644

8

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa ROmeo

+1.817

9

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.931

10

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+2.159

11

George Russell

Mercedes

+2.208

12

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+2.239

13

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+2.257

14

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+2.285

15

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+2.347

16

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+2.644

17

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+2.697

18

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+2.991

19

Alex Albon

Williams

+3.260

20

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+3.314

Free Practice 2 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P12. 1:31.793. Completed 28 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P10. 1:31.586. Completed 27 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P18. 1:32.525. Completed 27 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P19. 1:32.605. Completed 28 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P11. 1:31.608. Completed 25 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P7. 1:31.475. Completed 24 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P1. 1:30.907. Completed 25 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P6. 1:31.450. Completed 28 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P14. 1:31.956. Completed 28 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P4. 1:31.367. Completed 26 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P16. 1:32.110. Completed 18 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P5. 1:31.376. Completed 25 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P9. 1:31.570. Completed 27 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P15. 1:32.024. Completed 27 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P8. 1:31.542. Completed 27 laps.

  • George Russell: P13. 1:31.882. Completed 25 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P2. 1:31.076. Completed 24 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P3. 1:31.078. Completed 26 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P17. 1:32.440. Completed 28 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P20. 1:32.749. Completed 29 laps.


Overall Rankings For FP2:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:30.907

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.169

3

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.171

4

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.460

5

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+0.469

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.543

7

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.568

8

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.636

9

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.663

10

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.679

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.701

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+0.886

13

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.975

14

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+1.049

15

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+1.117

16

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.203

17

Alex Albon

Williams

+1.533

18

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.618

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.698

20

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.842

Free Practice 3 -


Times By Teams:


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P17. 1:33.629. Completed 14 laps.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P12. 1:33.180. Completed 13 laps.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P16. 1:33.475. Completed 15 laps.

  • Nyck De Vries: P20. 1:34.082. Completed 18 laps.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P11. 1:33.116. Completed 16 laps.

  • Pierre Gasly: P10. 1:33.064. Completed 13 laps.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P1. 1:32.340. Completed 13 laps.

  • Lance Stroll: P7. 1:32.919. Completed 16 laps.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P8. 1:32.945. Completed 21 laps.

  • Charles Leclerc: P5. 1:32.624. Completed 21 laps.


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P14. 1:33.381. Completed 21 laps.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P15. 1:33.423. Completed 23 laps.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P13. 1:33.202. Completed 16 laps.

  • Oscar Piastri: P9. 1:33.045. Completed 12 laps.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P4. 1:32.555. Completed 17 laps.

  • George Russell: P6. 1:32.731. Completed 17 laps.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P2. 1:32.345. Completed 13 laps.

  • Sergio Perez: P3. 1:32.446. Completed 12 laps.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P19. 1:33.882. Completed 15 laps.

  • Logan Sargeant: P18. 1:33.665. Completed 15 laps.


Overall Rankings For FP3:

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:32.340

2

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

+0.005

3

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+0.106

4

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+0.215

5

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

+0.284

6

George Russell

Mercedes

+0.391

7

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+0.579

8

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+0.605

9

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

+0.705

10

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+0.724

11

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

+0.776

12

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

+0.840

13

Lando Norris

McLaren

+0.862

14

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1.041

15

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1.083

16

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1.135

17

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1.289

18

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1.325

19

Alex Albon

Williams

+1.542

20

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

+1.742

 

Qualifying Updates


Eliminated in Q1 -


Nyck De Vries

Oscar Piastri

Alex Albon

Logan Sargeant

Kevin Magnussen


Eliminated in Q2 -


Nico Hulkenberg

Yuki Tsunoda

Valtteri Bottas

Lando Norris

Zhou Guanyu


Through to Q3 -


Charles Leclerc

Max Verstappen

Sergio Perez

George Russell

Esteban Ocon

Lance Stroll

Lewis Hamilton

Carlos Sainz

Fernando Alonso



OVERALL RESULT OF QUALIFYING:


*this does not take into account any penalties, final starting grid can be found under 'The Race' section*


The time listed shows the driver's fastest qualifying lap for their respective final qualifying sessions. Blue is for Q3, red is for Q2, and no background colour is Q1. For the driver's times for Q1, Q2, Q3, see below in 'Qualifying Results by Team'

Position

Driver

Team

Time

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

1:29.708

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

1:29.846

3

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

1:30.000

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

1:30.154

5

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

1:30.336

6

George Russell

Mercedes

1:30.340

7

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1:30.384

8

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

1:30.836

9

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

1:30.984

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

1:30.809

11

Lando Norris

McLaren

1:31.381

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

1:31.443

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

1:31.473

14

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

1:32.510

15

Alex Albon

Williams

1:31.461

16

Logan Sargeant

Haas

1:31.652

17

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren

1:31.892

18

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

1:32.101

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

1:32.121

20

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

1:32.181

Qualify Results By Team -


Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas: P12. Q1 = 1:31.504. Q2 = 1:31.443.

  • Zhou Guanyu: P13. Q1 = 1:31.615. Q2 = 1:31.473.


AlphaTauri

  • Yuki Tsunoda: P14. Q1 = 1:31.400. Q2 = 1:32.510.

  • Nyck De Vries: P19. Q1 = 1:32.121.


Alpine

  • Esteban Ocon: P9. Q1 = 1:31.508. Q2 = 1:30.914. Q3 = 1:30.984.

  • Pierre Gasly: P20. Q1 = 1:32.181.


Aston Martin

  • Fernando Alonso: P5. Q1 = 1:31.158. Q2 = 1:30.645. Q3 = 1:30.336.

  • Lance Stroll: P8. Q1 = 1:31.184. Q2 = 1:31.127. Q3 = 1:30.836.


Ferrari

  • Carlos Sainz: P4. Q1 = 1:30.993. Q2 = 1:30.515. Q3 = 1:30.154.

  • Charles Leclerc: P3. Q1 = 1:31.094. Q2 = 1:30.282. Q3 = 1:30.000


Haas

  • Kevin Magnussen: P17. Q1 = 1:31.892.

  • Nico Hulkenberg: P10. Q1 = 1:31.204. Q2 = 1:30.809.


McLaren

  • Lando Norris: P11. Q1 = 1:31.652. Q2 = 1:31.381.

  • Oscar Piastri: P18. Q1 = 1:32.101.


Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton: P7. Q1 = 1:31.543. Q2 = 1:30.513. Q3 = 1:30.384.

  • George Russell: P6. Q1 = 1:31.057. Q2 = 1:30.507. Q3 = 1:30.340.


Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen: P1. Q1 = 1:31.295. Q2 = 1:30.503. Q3 = 1:29.708.

  • Sergio Perez: P2. Q1 = 1:31.479. Q2 = 1:30.746. Q3 = 1:29.846.


Williams

  • Alex Albon: P15. Q1 = 1:31.461.

  • Logan Sargeant: P16. Q1 = 1:31.652.

 

Pre-race Penalties


It's the first race of the season so I'm hoping for no pre-race penalties, but, we'll see...

 

The Race


Starting Grid -

Position

Driver

Team

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

3

Charles Leclerc

Ferrari

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

5

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

6

George Russell

Mercedes

7

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

8

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

9

Esteban Ocon

Alpine

10

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

11

Lando Norris

McLaren

12

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

13

Zhou Guanyu

Alfa Romeo

14

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

15

Alex Albon

Williams

16

Logan Sargeant

Williams

17

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

18

Oscar Piastri

McLaren

19

Nyck De Vries

AlphaTauri

20

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

Fastest Lap - Pierre Gasly


Race Updates -


Lap 1 - Leclerc gets away good and moves in P2. Stroll makes contact with Alonso into turn 4 - Alonso, luckily, doesn't have any punctures but does lose a couple of places because of it.

Lap 10 - Gasly pits for hards. Verstappen told to switch to Strategy 8, whilst Leclerc is told to go to Plan A.

Lap 11 - Norris has to pits for new tyres and for engine issues.

Lap 12 - Albon, Bottas, Hulkenberg, and De Vries all put for new tyres.

Lap 13 - Hamilton pits. Alonso is on the tail of Russell and Alonso battles with him through the first few corners. After a good battle, Alonso prevails and moves into P5 out of turn 6.

Lap 14 - Leclerc pits and it's going to be a double stack for Ferrari's pit stops. Russell also pits, but seems to have issues with the left rear and so it's a slow stop. Piastri seems to have issues with the gear box and told to box to swap the steering wheel, and the engine seems to dead.

Lap 15 - Verstappen pits onto another set of pits. Ocon seems to have damage to the front wing and a 5 second time penalty for being in the incorrect position on the starting grid.

Lap 16 - After a few minutes in the pits, Piastri has to retire the car.

Lap 18 - Norris goes into the pits with the air canister being used again!

Lap 25 - Battle for P2, Perez is all over Leclerc.

Lap 26 - Perez takes P2 at turn 1, making it a 2-1 for Red Bull.

Lap 28 - Ocon has served his 5 second penalty incorrectly and given a time penalty for that, along with another 5 second penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

Lap 35 - Perez pits for hards.

Lap 37 - Verstappen pits for hards. Alonso has DRS down the main straight behind Hamilton, but isn't able to perform the overtake into Turn 1. However, out of the corner, Alonso battles again, taking P5, but out of the exit of the turn, Hamilton has the better exit reclaiming his spot.

Lap 38 - Alonso goes down the inside of Hamilton and pulls away brilliantly out of Turn 10.

Lap 41 - Leclerc has no power and it's a yellow flag in Sector 3 with a virtual safety car. Power unit problems has cost Charles Leclerc the race.

Lap 42 - Safety car ending. Gasly and Tsunoda pit.

Lap 43 - Ocon retires.

Lap 45 - Alonso pressures Sainz for P3. Sainz manages to cover but Alonso almost makes contact. Sainz reports that his tyres won't last if he keeps at this pace. Going into Turn 11, Alonso manages to overtake!

Lap 49 - Norris pits once again to top up the engine air supply. Ferrari confirm that they had lost the engine on Leclerc's car.

Lap 50 - Hulkenberg gets the black and white flag for track limits.

Lap 54 - Hulkenberg given a 5 second time penalty for breaching track limits but this won't hinder him too much as Norris is currently over a minute behind.

Lap 55 - Norris given a black and white flag too.

Lap 57 - Verstappen takes the chequered flag to make this his 35th race win.



Race Results -

Position

Driver

Team

Gap

Pit Stops

1

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

2

2

Sergio Perez

Red Bull

+11.987

2

3

Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin

+38.637

2

4

Carlos Sainz

Ferrari

+48.052

2

5

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

+50.977

2

6

Lance Stroll

Aston Martin

+54.502

2

7

George Russell

Mercedes

+55.873

2

8

Valtteri Bottas

Alfa Romeo

+1:12.647

2

9

Pierre Gasly

Alpine

+1:13.753

3

10

Alex Albon

Williams

+1:29.774

3

11

Yuki Tsunoda

AlphaTauri

+1:30.870

3

12

Logan Sargeant

Williams

+1 Lap

3

13

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

+1 Lap

3

14

Nyck De Vries

Alpha

+1 Lap

2

15

Nico Hulkenberg

Haas

+1 Lap

3

16

Zhou Guanyu

AlphaTauri

+1 Lap

3

17

Lando Norris

McLaren

+ 2 Laps

6

DNFs:

Oscar Piastri

Charles Leclerc

Esteban Ocon


Driver of the Day - Fernando Alonso

 

Any Other News


  • 05/03/23 - Leclerc had some issues with his battery and has had to have that replaced before the race.

 

Championship Standings


World Driver Championship -

Position

Driver

Points

Gap

1

Max Verstappen

25

2

Sergio Perez

18

7

3

Fernando Alonso

15

3

4

Carlos Sainz

12

3

5

Lewis Hamilton

10

2

6

Lance Stroll

8

2

7

George Russell

6

2

8

Valtteri Bottas

4

2

9

Pierre Gasly

2

2

10

Alex Albon

1

1

11

Yuki Tsunoda

0

1

12

Logan Sargeant

0

1

13

Kevin Magnussen

0

1

14

Nyck De Vries

0

1

15

Nico Hulkenberg

0

1

16

Zhou Guanyu

0

1

17

Lando Norris

0

1

18

Charles Leclerc

0

1

19

Esteban Ocon

0

1

20

Oscar Piastri

0

1


World Constructor Championship -

Position

Team

Points

Gap

1

Red Bull

43

2

Aston Martin

23

20

3

Mercedes

16

7

4

Ferrari

12

4

5

Alfa Romeo

4

8

6

Alpine

2

2

7

Williams

1

1

8

AlphaTauri

0

1

9

Haas

0

1

10

McLaren

0

1


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