F1 2019: Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

Valtteri Bottas stormed to victory and fastest lap (Credit: Mercedes AMG F1)

This weekend sees Formula One touch down in Bahrain for the second Grand Prix of this 2019 season, as Valtteri Bottas looks to continue his fine start to the campaign. 

Lewis Hamilton and both Ferrari drivers however will be looking to hit back, so get set for the weekend with our guide to the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix. 


Track Guide


(Credit: Musco Lighting)

Circuit: Bahrain International Circuit

Laps: 57

Race Distance: 308.405km

Tyre Selection: C1, C2 & C3



Session Day UK Time (GMT/BST)
Practice One Friday 11:00am
Practice Two Friday 3:00pm
Practice Three Saturday 12:00pm
Qualifying Saturday 3:00pm
Race Sunday  4pm (BST)


Three Pointers

  • A front row lockout would mark the first time that Mercedes have achieved three consecutive front row starts with the current Lewis Hamilton/Valtteri Bottas pairing.
  • Sebastian Vettel needs a huge weekend if he is to break his duck of failing to take three consecutive victories at a non Asian Grand Prix (India, Korea & Singapore: 2011-13).
  • Kevin Magnussen is the last rookie to have qualified in top ten in his first two races, driving for McLaren in 2014. Could this provide Lando Norris with some hope of repeating the Dane’s feat and become the first rookie to achieve that stat?


If missed Craig Telford’s review of 2019 Australian Grand Prix last time out, click here to visit. 


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