Last updated on November 15th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

F1: Bahrain Grand Prix Predictions

Back to back Grand Prix weekends mean we are lucky enough to get some wheel to wheel action again on Sunday. The much debated topic of the Bahrain Grand Prix is already underway but before we take a look, we’ll quickly round up the action from last week at the Chinese Grand Prix.

China certainly gave us a thrilling race, one of the best that Shanghai has produced in fact and it all started on Saturday during qualifying. A rare thing occurred, the all-conquering Red Bull team not only made a mistake when filling Mark Webbers car with fuel but also didn’t even attempt to go for pole position. Vettel did not have the pace to challenge Mercedes, Lotus and Ferrari so instead opted to not set a time and have a choice of tyres for the start of the race. When it comes to the race itself, you just have to start by saying Fernando Alonso was absolutely supreme; not only did Fernando cruise to victory but he made it look easy and had plenty in reserve. When you compare the win for Alonso with a sixth place for Massa in the same car it makes for even more impressive viewing. Raikkonen was able to finish where he started despite driving much of the race with a broken front wing and holding off a Lewis Hamilton that just couldn’t transfer his qualifying pace into race pace with the tyre degradation. The race ended in great fashion with Sebastian Vettel hunting down Lewis Hamilton on fresh option tyres at over two seconds a lap. It is highly probably that Vettel would have only needed a few more corners to secure the position but Hamilton was able to hold on to complete the podium.

Bahrain F1 Track Map

Bahrain should provide a different type of problem than China, with really high temperatures and high tyre degradation on the rears rather than the fronts. This should bring Red Bull right back into the leaders and most likely hurt Mercedes who have suffered from rear tyre problems in the last two seasons but could still challenge for pole position. I think we can expect Ferrari to be the main contenders for Red Bull and would love a strong result for both drivers with Massa showing form.

It was great to see Heikki Kovalainen back on track on Friday as he joined back up with Caterham as a test driver for FP1 in Bahrain and Spain in three weeks. It’s hard to say at the moment whether Heikki’s involvement will stop there or if he will end up in the Caterham come race day at some point in the season. I imagine falling behind Marussia has worried Caterham and will hope that Heikki’s experience can allow the team to evaluate new parts and dial in on the correct set-up quickly.

2013 Bahrain F1 Predictions

  1. Sebastian Vettel
  2. Felipe Massa
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Mark Webber
  5. Kimi Raikkonen

I am predicting a Red Bull return to form this weekend and have only put three constructors in my top five but there would be no surprise to see a Mercedes, McLaren or even a Force India up there. The tyres are working as desired providing that unpredictability and being so early in the season there is still a lot of vying for positions going on.

Here are all the times you need for this weekend’s viewing, and thankfully a slightly later start so a well deserved lay in to be had.

Qualifying – Green light – 12:00
Sky F1 – 11:00 – 13:40
BBC 1 – 17:10 – 18:25 (highlights)

Race – Lights out – 13:00
Sky F1 – 11:30 – 16:00
BBC 1 – 17:00 – 18:35 (highlights)

There we have it, let’s hope for a stress free weekend with no F1 or Bahrain Grand Prix Trouble or Protests. Like this post? Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or if you are really geeky, circle us on Google+.

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