Formula 1

F1: Bahrain GP Preview

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The first night race of the season takes place this weekend with Formula 1 returning to race under the lights in Bahrain.

The Bahrain Grand Prix joined the calendar in 2004 and although the race has always been at the same circuit, it has undergone a few layout changes.

In 2014 Bahrain became the second night race on the calendar, joining Singapore.

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With long straights and medium to low speed corners cars require good balance in order to be competitive.

Mercedes sprung a surprise on the rest of the field at the first race as Bottas stormed to win by over 20 seconds.

Their testing pace suggested that Mercedes would be the second fastest car but they had total control through the whole weekend.

Ferrari will have been disappointed to have been so far behind in Australia. The Scuderia stated their issues were as a result of their setup but many people in the paddock believe it was down to the cooling of their engine.

Temperatures will be lower under the night sky in Bahrain and it will be interesting to see how the Ferrari fares in more favourable conditions.

The stats

Most Driver Victories: Sebastien Vettel- 4, Fernando Alonso- 3, Felipe Massa & Lewis Hamilton- 2

Most Team Victories: Ferrari- 6, Mercedes- 3, Renault & Red Bull- 2

Memorable race

2006 saw an incredible battle between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.

Alonso was nearly taken out of the race early on as he almost crashed into a spinning Felipe Massa, however, he carried on in pursuit of Schumacher right up to the second pit stop.

Alonso rejoined the track side by side with the German and the young Spaniard forced his rival out of the way and went on to take the win by 1.2 seconds.

Kimi Raikkonen, who had started last, went on to make his way up through the grid to finish third.

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