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Bahrain GP

18 Mar 2022 - 20 Mar 2022

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The Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula One Championship race in Bahrain currently sponsored by Gulf Air. The race takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit. The circuit made its debut in 2004 and made history as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East. The race usually features in the first half of the season. Mostly making an appearance as the second or third race of the season. 


The 2011 Grand Prix however was canceled due to the Bahraini Protests after drivers including Mark Webber had objected to the race. In 2014, the race was held under floodlights for the first time since its inception and ever since has been held under lights. In 2014, the first corner of the track was renamed after seven-time champion Michael Schumacher in honor of his achievements in the sport.


Racing History


The first race at Bahrain was held in 2004. Michael Schumacher in his dominant Ferrari would cruise to victory in the inaugural race. In 2005, Fernando Alonso would take over as the Spaniard would win the race for the next two seasons. 


Felipe Massa would be the next victor on this track as he would win the next two races held in Bahrain. Jenson Button would win the race in 2009 while Fernando Alonso would be back at the top of the podium in 2010 in his first race for Ferrari. 


The 2011 race would face cancellation as the Bahraini Protests gathered steam. Amidst objections from multiple drivers on the grid, the Grand Prix would be canceled for the 2011 season. The 2012 season would feature a spectacular drive through the field by Kimi Raikkonen as he challenged Sebastian Vettel for victory. Vettel would ultimately win the race with Raikkonen finished second. The 2013 season would feature an identical 1-2 from the previous year as yet again Sebastian Vettel would win the race with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second. 


The 2014 season would be the first Bahrain Grand Prix to be conducted under floodlights. The race would be won by Lewis Hamilton, holding off a race-long charge from his teammate Nico Rosberg. The 2015 season would feature Lewis Hamilton winning the race yet again with Kimi Raikkonen finishing second. 


The 2016 season would feature a change of guard as the eventual world champion Nico Rosberg will win the race. 


The 2017 and 2018 would mark a return to the front for both Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari as the team would win the race in the next two years. 2019,2020 and 2021 would belong to Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes as the duo would pick up wins in these three seasons. 


The track has been popular for the overtaking opportunities it provides throughout the lap. There have been multiple races with a great wheel to wheel action throughout the race with many standout races including the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix or the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix and many more. Switching the start time and conducting the race under floodlights has further added to the spectacle.


In the 2022 season, Bahrain Grand Prix would be the first race of the season according to the official Formula One Calendar for the 2022 season.


Videos
“We are in the fight to be the best team after the three big ones" - Kevin Magnussen banking on himself to score podium with Haas F1 in 2022
“We are in the fight to be the best team after the three big ones" - Kevin Magnussen banking on himself to score podium with Haas F1 in 2022

“We are in the fight to be the best team after the three big ones" - Kevin Magnussen banking on himself to score podium with Haas F1 in 2022

"Like a 2.0 version of himself" - Ferrari ambassador praises a 'completely changed' Charles Leclerc
"Like a 2.0 version of himself" - Ferrari ambassador praises a 'completely changed' Charles Leclerc

"Like a 2.0 version of himself" - Ferrari ambassador praises a 'completely changed' Charles Leclerc

"They deserve a better car from us" - Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris showing 'leadership' in McLaren's tough situation
"They deserve a better car from us" - Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris showing 'leadership' in McLaren's tough situation

"They deserve a better car from us" - Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris showing 'leadership' in McLaren's tough situation

"Really pushing hard for the best" - Ferrari boss pleased to see Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz working hard after Bahrain GP success
"Really pushing hard for the best" - Ferrari boss pleased to see Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz working hard after Bahrain GP success

"Really pushing hard for the best" - Ferrari boss pleased to see Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz working hard after Bahrain GP success

Pirelli "quite happy with the performance of the tires" after good showing in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP
Pirelli "quite happy with the performance of the tires" after good showing in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP

Pirelli "quite happy with the performance of the tires" after good showing in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP

"I wouldn't call it a shock" - McLaren positive despite 'painful starting' to the 2022 F1 season
"I wouldn't call it a shock" - McLaren positive despite 'painful starting' to the 2022 F1 season

"I wouldn't call it a shock" - McLaren positive despite 'painful starting' to the 2022 F1 season

"It has been a great relief" - Ferrari team principal after dominant display in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP
"It has been a great relief" - Ferrari team principal after dominant display in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP

"It has been a great relief" - Ferrari team principal after dominant display in 2022 F1 Bahrain GP

"Huge relief from all the pressures" - Guanyu Zhou upbeat after Bahrain GP points finish
"Huge relief from all the pressures" - Guanyu Zhou upbeat after Bahrain GP points finish

"Huge relief from all the pressures" - Guanyu Zhou upbeat after Bahrain GP points finish

Carlos Sainz claims he was "just not understanding this new generation of cars to 100 percent" in Bahrain GP
Carlos Sainz claims he was "just not understanding this new generation of cars to 100 percent" in Bahrain GP

Carlos Sainz claims he was "just not understanding this new generation of cars to 100 percent" in Bahrain GP

"I don't think Bahrain is the best example" - Max Verstappen feels better examples of closer racing to be found as F1 season progresses
"I don't think Bahrain is the best example" - Max Verstappen feels better examples of closer racing to be found as F1 season progresses

"I don't think Bahrain is the best example" - Max Verstappen feels better examples of closer racing to be found as F1 season progresses

"It was a good understanding" - Max Verstappen on learnings from Bahrain GP
"It was a good understanding" - Max Verstappen on learnings from Bahrain GP

"It was a good understanding" - Max Verstappen on learnings from Bahrain GP

"I came away with a nice 360 there" - Haas F1's Mick Schumacher on his collision with Esteban Ocon in Bahrain GP
"I came away with a nice 360 there" - Haas F1's Mick Schumacher on his collision with Esteban Ocon in Bahrain GP

"I came away with a nice 360 there" - Haas F1's Mick Schumacher on his collision with Esteban Ocon in Bahrain GP

"I had to back out because my brakes were like fire" - Max Verstappen on the many issues that he faced in Bahrain GP
"I had to back out because my brakes were like fire" - Max Verstappen on the many issues that he faced in Bahrain GP

"I had to back out because my brakes were like fire" - Max Verstappen on the many issues that he faced in Bahrain GP

"We have to do better if we want to fight for the title" - Max Verstappen on the reliability issue that caused Red Bull's double DNF in Bahrain
"We have to do better if we want to fight for the title" - Max Verstappen on the reliability issue that caused Red Bull's double DNF in Bahrain

"We have to do better if we want to fight for the title" - Max Verstappen on the reliability issue that caused Red Bull's double DNF in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton chose 'the most popping color' on his helmet to differentiate the two Mercedes drivers
Lewis Hamilton chose 'the most popping color' on his helmet to differentiate the two Mercedes drivers

Lewis Hamilton chose 'the most popping color' on his helmet to differentiate the two Mercedes drivers

"We will be back at full speed" - Red Bull reveals issue behind Max Verstappen's DNF at Bahrain
"We will be back at full speed" - Red Bull reveals issue behind Max Verstappen's DNF at Bahrain

"We will be back at full speed" - Red Bull reveals issue behind Max Verstappen's DNF at Bahrain

"I don't think Charles has ever forgiven him" - Former F1 driver on Max Verstappen-Charles Leclerc scrap
"I don't think Charles has ever forgiven him" - Former F1 driver on Max Verstappen-Charles Leclerc scrap

"I don't think Charles has ever forgiven him" - Former F1 driver on Max Verstappen-Charles Leclerc scrap

"We have received many requests" - F1 CEO wants to increase competitiveness of current teams before bringing new ones
"We have received many requests" - F1 CEO wants to increase competitiveness of current teams before bringing new ones

"We have received many requests" - F1 CEO wants to increase competitiveness of current teams before bringing new ones

"I want to live the dream" - Haas now "the strongest car in the midfield"
"I want to live the dream" - Haas now "the strongest car in the midfield"

"I want to live the dream" - Haas now "the strongest car in the midfield"

"I don't hold back" - Max Verstappen on angry Bahrain GP radio
"I don't hold back" - Max Verstappen on angry Bahrain GP radio

"I don't hold back" - Max Verstappen on angry Bahrain GP radio

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