View Poll Results: Who will win in Bahrain?

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  • Nico Rosberg

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  • Lewis Hamilton

    2 66.67%
  • Daniel Ricciardo

    1 33.33%
  • Sebastian Vettel

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  • Kevin Magnussen

    0 0%
  • Jenson Button

    0 0%
  • Fernando Alonso

    0 0%
  • Kimi Raikkonen

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  • Valtteri Bottas

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  • Felipe Massa

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    2014 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

    Another week, another round of F1! Once they start going back to back like this you know the season is properly on!!




    Just a week after a dominant Hamilton showed that Mercedes are serious about these new regulations and winning the championship we are off to Bahrain, the scene of some controversy off the track with people calling for boycotts in the past due to political tensions. No such calls this year but the track remains defiantly boring IMO. This year hopefully the new regs will throw up some interesting racing though.

    Session Plan:
    Free Practice 1 (FP1) - Fri 22:00 (our time)
    Free Practice 2 (FP2) - Sat 02:00 (our time)
    Free Practice 3 (FP3) - Sat 23:00 (our time)
    Qualifying - Sun 02:00 (our time)
    Race - Mon 01:00 (our time)


    The week has been filled with news after last weekend's race, from the grounds of Red Bull's challenge to their Melbourne DSQ being called basically baseless by McLaren, to Ricciardo's penalty, Williams' team orders saga that seems to be resolved by the team saying sorry to the drivers. Biggest news i heard is Red Bull putting Renault on notice to improve the power unit or they will look elsewhere for future power units.

    I think we should still see Mercedes with an advantage, but Red Bull again seem to have everyone covered with in-corner grip and are again down on straight line speed. This race will also mark Jenson Button's 250th start in F1 so he will want a good showing but no doubt McLaren are off the pace at the moment.

    Voting is on again for who will win, welcome to wait for FP1 results before committing!

    To help here is the top 10 on points as it stands:

    1. Nico Rosberg (43)
    2. Lewis Hamilton (25)
    3. Fernando Alonso (24)
    4. Jenson Button (23)
    5. Kevin Magnussen (20)
    6. Nico Hulkenberg (18)
    7. Sebastian Vettel (15)
    8. Valtteri Bottas (14)
    9. Kimi Raikkonen (6)
    10. Felipe Massa (6)
    Last edited by ego; 4th April 2014 at 12:33 PM.

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    Important to understand the location of this circuit.

    -> Location Map <-

    Oil money and sandpit come to mind.

    Not quite as flash as the Abu Dhabi track.

    Still amazes me that they can afford build facilities in locations such as this.

    With respect to RBR...Honda next year?

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    Indeed Bob, approximately US$150 million to construct the track so quite a lot of oil money has gone into the sandpit.

    I think its just me, but these new tracks designed by Hermann Tilke are boring as shit.

    I'm sitting here dreaming of a world in which Red Bull CEO pulls out of F1 (quoted as saying he won't commit to fund in the future if the team doesn't keep winning) and Honda makes a triumphant return to F1!

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    lol, The impossible dream.


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    Okay FP1 and FP2 have been completed overnight, i streamed FP1 but was asleep for FP2.

    FP1 -

    Pleanty of running which is good to see, nothing major to report except Mercedes were on top, Alonso gave them a challenge with about 20 minutes to go IIRC while they were in the garage but they came back out to beat his time. Alonso also left the garage with three medium tyres and one soft but stopped in the pit lane without exiting onto the track fortunately.

    Couple of big lock ups, one of Raikkonen locking both fronts into the first corner and then Rosberg locked one in the same spot. The Lotus looked borderline undrivable and until Vettel's final quick lap the Red Bulls were the slowest cars discounting the back markers.

    Results:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Nico Hulkenberg
    5. Jenson Button
    6. Kimi Raikkonen
    7. Kevin Magnussen
    8. Daniil Kvyat
    9. Sergio Perez
    10. Sebastian Vettel
    11. Felipe Massa
    12. Jean-Eric Vegne
    13. Felipe Nasr (replacing Bottas)
    14. Daniel Ricciardo
    15. Adrian Sutil
    16. Pastor Maldonado
    17. Jules Bianchi
    18. Giedo van der Garde
    19. Romain Grosjean
    20. Max Chilton
    21. Robin Frijns (replacing Kobayashi)
    22. Marcus Ericsson



    FP2-


    No one could touch the Mercedes in FP2, with no other car within 1 second of either Mercedes. Rosberg impeded Perez and has handed a reprimand but i don't think a penalty for the race. Red Bull struggled again, Ricciardo holding 4th just from Massa, and Vettel had a downshift issue and struggled on the medium tyre and McLaren did better than expected given the lack of pace at Malaysia last weekend.

    Kimi Raikkonen spent time repairing the car after damage from launching over a curb in FP1, Pastor Maldonado also tried to take off by lauching over the curb at turn 4 and lost some pieces of his car in the process. Max Chilton had a left front disc failure and spun off and Marcus Ericsson stopped on track with mechanical problems near the end of the session.

    Not sure yet if i will stream FP3 then go to bed and get up for Qualifying of skip FP3 and wake up for Qualifying. We shall see.

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. Fernando Alonso
    4. Daniel Ricciardo
    5. Felipe Massa
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Sebastian Vettel
    8. Daniil Kvyat
    9. Kevin Magnussen
    10. Sergio Perez
    11. Valtteri Bottas
    12. Jean-Eric Vergne
    13. Nico Hulkenberg
    14. Kimi Raikkonen
    15. Adrian Sutil
    16. Esteban Gutierrez
    17. Pastor Maldonado
    18. Romain Grosjean
    19. Jules Bianchi
    20. Max Chilton
    21. Kamui Kobayashi
    22. Marcus Ericsson

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    Stayed up and the stream of FP3 just wrapped up, now staying up for qualifying!!!

    Not a huge amount of new info, all going pretty similar. Lotus still struggling, Vettel spun off exiting turn 2 with about 20 minutes to go aside from that just some final setup work.

    A lot of drivers were struggling into turn 11 with a tail wind pushing them off the end of the track, but other than that a good show of pace from Force India towards the end.

    Results:

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. Sergio Perez
    4. Valtteri Bottas
    5. Felipe Massa
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Fernando Alonso
    8. Nico Hulkenberg
    9. Daniil Kvyat
    10. Kimi Raikkonen
    11. Kevin Magnussen
    12. Jean-Eric Vergne
    13. Daniel Ricciardo
    14. Esteban Gutierrez
    15. Adrian Sutil
    16. Kamui Kobayashi
    17. Jules Bianchi
    18. Pastor Maldonado
    19. Marcus Ericsson
    20. Romain Grosjean
    21. Sebastian Vettel
    22. Max Chilton

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    Ah, Just give it to Lewis already.....

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    Qualifying wrap up

    Mercedes lock out the front row but Lewis couldn't manage pole after Rosberg was .1 of a second quicker on the first run and Lewis locked up into the first corner and ran off on his second run. Vettel also knocked out in Q2 but will start 10th because of Ricciardo's penalty. Sutil was also handed a 5 place penalty after he was deemed to have held up Romain Grosjean in an unsafe manner in Q1.

    Grid after penalties.

    1. Nico Rosberg
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Valtteri Bottas
    4. Sergio Perez
    5. Kimi Raikkonen
    6. Jenson Button
    7. Felipe Massa
    8. Kevin Magnussen
    9. Fernando Alonso
    10. Sebastian Vettel
    11. Nico Hulkenberg
    12. Daniil Kvyat
    13. Daniel Ricciardo (10 place penalty)
    14. Jean-Eric Vergne
    15. Esteban Gutierrez
    16. Romain Grosjean
    17. Pastor Maldonado
    18. Kamui Kobayashi
    19. Jules Bianchi
    20. Marcus Ericsson
    21. Max Chilton
    22. Adrian Sutil (5 place penalty)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    Ah, Just give it to Lewis already.....
    ...you been to prophecy course?

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    What a phenomenal race!!! Yes Hamilton won but had a very strong challenge from Rosberg at the end. Easily the best race i've seen since Button's win in Canada!

    There was everything you could want, inter-team battles, superb overtakes through challenging parts of the track, pressure from different stratagies and even a rare safety car towards the end as Maldonado proved why he earned the nickname 'Crashtor'.

    Straight away it was a race for who which Mercedes would win but behind it was on for 3rd between both Force India cars, the Williams, the Ferraris at one point and also Ricciardo and Button.

    The win for Hamilton could be put down to a superb duel between him and Rosberg on lap 19 which saw Hamilton leading at the end of the lap and call his preferred pit stop strategy. This would result in him being on soft tyres and having to pull away from Rosberg on his mediums before Hamilton would switch on to the medium tyres at the end while Rosberg had softs and would then chase him down. Rosberg got a massive help with that when Crashtor came, flipping Gutierrez on his roof at the first corner after Crashtor exited the pits right into the side of him in the apex of the corner. 10 Second stop and go penalty and 5 place penalty for next race.

    Back in the pack the Force India cars were driving spectacularly, well with Perez showing form I've not seen from him for a long time, Hulkenberg also stepped up his game. Mercedes power unit is the one to have, at one point i think the top 8 or 9 were Mercedes powered. When McLaren switches to Honda power there will no doubt be a shit fight over which team gets McLaren's allocation.

    The final results were as follows but special mention to Ricciardo who drove out of his skin after the safety car to claim 4th, Sergio Perez for some balls overtakes and opportunistic driving to take 3rd. I must also register my sadness at McLaren's double retirement due to a clutch and/or transmission failure.

    1. Lewis Hamilton
    2. Nico Rosberg
    3. Sergio Perez
    4. Daniel Ricciardo
    5. Nico Hulkenberg
    6. Sebastian Vettel
    7. Felipe Massa
    8. Valtteri Bottas
    9. Fernando Alonso
    10. Kimi Raikkonen
    11. Daniil Kvyat
    12. Romain Grosjean
    13. Max Chilton
    14. Pastor 'Judas' Maldonado
    15. Kamui Kobayashi
    16. Jules Bianchi
    DNF Jenson Button (Clutch)
    DNF Kevin Magnussen (Clutch)
    DNF Esteban Gutierrez (Crashtor)
    DNF Marcus Ericsson (Oil leak)
    DNF Jean-Eric Vergne (accident damage)
    DNF Adrian Sutil (Accident damage)

    The Points:
    1. Nico Rosberg (61)
    2. Lewis Hamilton (50)
    3. Nico Hulkenberg (38)
    4. Fernando Alonso (26)
    5. Sebastian Vettel (23)

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    I must sit down and watch the race. Missed it last night. Mercs are rating well and Lewis has the experience behind him so logic suggests he was the man to beat. Could easily have missed out though.

    Very impressed to hear Daniel take 4th from a 13th place start.
    His FB quote says it all.
    "Bahrain Grand Prix - P4!
    Happy with this result finishing ahead of my team mate :-)"

    Nice little article here.
    http://www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sp...-1226876592910

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    Certainly worth watching Bob, i must say the night event was much better than the day time ones in the past.

    1 week break then China. Another circuit i don't really like so hopefully the new Formula can spice it up

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