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PostSubject: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:12 pm

2013 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

Back-to-back Grands' Prix are on the horizon once again, so Formula 1 returns this weekend in Manama for the 2013 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix marks the fourth round of the 2013 FIA Formula 1 World Championship.





It could be argued that Abu Dhabi is the most exciting Middle Eastern Formula 1 venue, with even more lavish facilities and the ability to flood-light the Yas Marina Circuit. However, the glitziest venue doesn’t translate into better racing, as the Bahrain International Circuit proves.

Although Bahrain has had its political struggles, the track itself can still produce excellent racing. Last year, there was a race-long battle for the lead between Vettel and Raikkonen, and some wild defending after turn 3.

Bahrain isn’t the most inspiring setting for a Grand Prix, but the on-track action should make up for that. The Bahrain International Circuit has a variety of overtaking opportunities.

Overtaking opportunities

Turn 1 is the best place to overtake; the cars will build up to approximately 190 mph and brake to just 39 mph for the tight turn. The length of the braking zone and the wide entry to the corner make this a fantastic opportunity to pass. The DRS zone will be located on the straight. Drivers can still battle for position into turns 2 and 3, depending on who has the optimum line.

Turn 4 is another great opportunity to overtake, the cars built up to over 185 mph before braking to 68 mph for the turn. Entry to turn 4 isn’t as wide as the entry to turn 1; however, this is a great opportunity to resume a dual which could have started in turn 1. Cars then tackle the flowing sequence of turns 5, 6 and 7 before braking heavily for the hairpin of turn 8. It is possible to dive underneath an opponent into turn 8, especially when the cars are bunched up on the opening laps.

Turn 11 is a corner where passes can be executed, the cars build up to just over 175 mph before braking to approximately 115 mph. The pursuing competitor needs to be well alongside his rival before passing into this turn, because, the entry to the corner is relatively fast compared to other tight turns. The final overtaking opportunity comes on the back straightaway before turn 14. Cars will build up to almost 190 mph before braking to just 80 mph for the final turn.

As this Bahrain circuit isn’t used frequently, the track will still be relatively dirty off-line even by the Grand Prix. This means that executing well-judged overtakes will be more important than ever. If an opponent makes a pass in turn 4 but brakes slightly too late, the overtaken driver can cut back into the corner and re-gain the position. Bahrain has a number of corners where it’s possible to cut back underneath a rival.


What to watch for

Tyre degradation might be problematic again this weekend, high air and track temperatures combined with the Soft tyre compound may make tyre conservation key for a second weekend in a row. The balance between track position and grip may again decide this motor race. Bahrain has many slow corners, and exiting them puts a premium on traction – this also can contribute to high degradation.

Even though support sessions will lay slick rubber on the tarmac, the track will be very dirty and dusty after last year’s non-running at this circuit. Venturing off line, which is frequent at BIC, combined with tyre debris could be tricky for drivers when stopping the car in braking zones.

Car requirements

This Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has a relatively simple layout, but it’s one of the most demanding circuits on the car. Stability under braking will be absolutely critical this weekend; drivers have to be confident when stamping on that brake pedal without the rear stepping out. Expect a lot of in-cockpit adjustments to be made in this area.

Also, the frequency of long braking zones into tight turn’s means Bahrain is only behind Montreal and Singapore in terms of brake wear. Teams cannot increase the size of braking components, with thicker pads for example. However, they will increase the size of brake cooling ducts to ensure that the brakes don’t overheat with such extreme demands and the high temperatures.

Increasing the size of brake cooling ducts will increase aerodynamic drag, resulting in lower top speeds. But this is a compromise that will ensure that drivers have optimum braking ability throughout the GP, which will be more important than a tad more top speed. A soft brake pedal is not worth having for extra straight-line speed.

Good traction and drivability out of slow corners is another important requirement in Bahrain. When the drivers plant 800 horsepower through the rear wheels, ensuring the rear wheels don’t light up too much will be important to preserve the tyres. Any rumored cylinder deactivation system will greatly help traction out of slow corners, by drivers being able to go full throttle quickly without the full engine power attacking the rear tyres.

The BIC also requires additional cooling to engines, with such high air temperatures putting extra strain on the engines. Engine cooling will be pivotal, as F1 engines don’t have radiators. Therefore, the engines purely rely on the air at speed for cooling. Extra cooling on the bodywork will compromise downforce and create more drag, but this will be a critical adjustment. Not just for Bahrain itself, but to help preserve engine usage for the whole season with only eight engines allowed for 19 events.

Medium downforce levels are best suited at BIC, the circuit’s long straights are important for overtaking and introducing more cooling to the cars is more important than ultimate downforce.


Tyre selections

Pirelli will bring their Soft and Hard P Zero tyres to Bahrain. The graphic below shows Pirelli’s 2013 range of P Zero tyres:



Video footage

Here is an onboard lap of this Bahraini circuit with Lewis Hamilton, driving to a front-row starting position in the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix in his McLaren-Mercedes Benz MP4-27:




Weekend schedule in UK time:

Fri 19 April 2013

Friday Practice 1 08:00 – 09:30
Friday Practice 2 12:00 – 13:30

Sat 20 April 2013

Saturday Practice 09:00 – 05:00
Qualifying 12:00

Sun 21 April 2013

Start of Formation Lap 13:00
2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Start 13:03

Full weekend schedule in local time

Thursday 18th April:

Formula One Press Conference – Press Room 15:00
Public Pitlane Walk - 3 Day Ticket Holders Only 15:00 – 17:00

Friday 19th April:


Formula One Practice 1 10:00 – 11:30
GP2 Practice Session 12:00 – 12:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:35 – 13:50
Formula One Practice 2 14:00 – 15:30
GP2 Qualifying Session 16:00 – 16:30
Formula One Press Conference - Press Room 16:00 – 17:00
Formula Middle East Practice Session 17:00 – 17:30

Saturday 20th April

Qualifying Session 09:30 – 10:00
Formula One Pit Stop Practice 09:45 – 10:30
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 09:45 – 10:45
Formula One Practice 3 11:00 – 12:00
Formula Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:05 – 13:30
Formula One Qualifying 14:00
GP2 First Race (32 Laps or 60 Minutes) 15:45 – 16:50
Formula Middle East First Race (30 Minutes) 17:20 – 17:50

Sunday 21st April

GP2 Second Race (23 Laps or 45 Minutes) 10:50 – 11:40
Formula One Paddock Club Pit Walk 12:00 – 14:15
Formula Middle East (30 Minutes) 12:15 – 12:45
Formula One Drivers Parade 13:30
Formula One Starting Grid Presentation 13:45 – 14:15
Formula One National Anthem 14:46
Gulf Air Flypast 14:50
Start of Formula One Formation Lap 15:00
Start of 2013 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix 15:03

UK Television schedules – BST time

In addition to Sky F1’s live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the BBC is showing extended highlights of both qualifying, and the 57 lap Grand Prix. Times of the TV coverage can be seen below:

Friday 19th April

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice One: 07:45 am
Practice Two: 11.45 am

Saturday 20th April

BBC Coverage

Qualifying highlights: 1730-1845, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Practice Three: 08:45 am
Qualifying: 11:00 am

Sunday 21st April

BBC Coverage

Race highlights: 1700-1830, BBC One

Sky Sports F1 Coverage

Race: 11.30 am

Live timing and scoring is available for every session at http://www.formula1.com/ Registration is required to view live timing. If you wish to watch this Grand Prix outside the UK, please check your local listings.

Previous winners of Bahrain Grand Prix

2004 – Michael Schumacher – Ferrari
2005 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2006 – Fernando Alonso – Renault
2007 – Felipe Massa – Ferrari
2008 – Felipe Massa – Ferrari
2009 – Jenson Button – Brawn-Mercedes Benz
2010 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari
2012 – Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault

Enjoy the Grand Prix!


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Mon Apr 15, 2013 6:19 pm

Some drivers are probably dreading Bahrain already. Mark Webber has been handed a 3-place grid penalty after he was judged to be guilty for colliding with Vergne.

Esteban Gutierrez was handed a 5-place grid penalty after smashing into the back of Adrian Sutil in turn 13 last weekend.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:32 am

Thank goodness Pirelli are leaving the breadcrumb compound behind this weekend. I thought the last grand prix was probably the worst in history so maybe things will get back on track now. All their tyres are fairly useless though.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:50 am

they should use the super soft as a qualifier. The other three compound should be open choice and then use one set during the race. A soft thats faster but will wear more but should make the end of the race if the driver looks after them. A harder one that will make the end just about and a harder set for the tyre shredders out there. Then No pit stops crucially unless a puncture and failing and or dangerous Tyre but not for changes in weather.

Plus the stupid knockout qualifying needs to go.

But hey they'll never do it.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:32 am

Duckman, I’m not so sure that the fragility of the ‘option’ compound will be negated – Pirelli have bought the ‘soft’ compound like in China. Although, the ‘hard’ tyre should balance this out. Last week, the ‘medium’ tyre wasn’t very durable either.

Knock-out qualifying is brilliant imo, it forces drivers to set hot laps when they otherwise wouldn’t – it’s like a mini-race itself. Last week’s lull in Q1 was highly unusual. It also rewards consistent hot laps, not just one banzai lap.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:41 pm

The knockout qualifying is actually highly tedious but seems not to exciting.

12 lap qualifying was a lot more exciting however get rid of the lap limit, and car will stay out all the session using it as practice. then it builds to a banzai shoot out for pole it's mega.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:01 pm

But they won't, because limits on engines and gearboxes would always ensure that drivers did the fewest laps. IMO, I would envisage that there would be no track activity for most of the session....back markers come out and sweep the track....the fastest cars then do a one-lap banzai, or two laps at most. The one lap banzai might be exciting, but waiting 20 odd minutes for it wouldn't be.

This is why the three-segment procedure works well, because teams have to run in each session - the track is almost always busy.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:40 pm

Agree with Sav... the problem with an hour's free qualifying is that if it's wet and the forecast says it's going to dry up 45 minutes into the session you might get some cars go out in the wet conditions, but only for effectively a couple of test laps to feel the circuit on wets... nothing is going to happen in qualifying until 10 minutes to go, leaving the fans standing there getting soaked for 50 minutes with nothing to watch.

At least with the three parts of qualifying there's action on track for the majority of the hour.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:41 pm

Even worse when you used to have Friday and Saturday qualifying... if Friday was a glorious sunny day and Saturday was wet, there really wasn't any point at all in anybody going out at all on Saturday because there was no way anybody was going to beat their Friday times...

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:12 pm

Until this year motogp had this one hour open qualifying, it has the same engine restrictions and the same tyres limits but no one sat around in the pits. Instead used the extra time to perfect race setup or work in other areas. I think f1 teams inevitable sit around in the pits but its still a better system.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:57 am

If that happens in Moto GP, fair play, but why would F1 teams want to practice in qualifying when they have three practice sessions in qualifying? The parc-ferme rule makes it impossible anyway, as set-up work cannot be done once each car leaves the pitlane for qualifying.

I would say for the most part, the track is constantly busy with the three-segment procedure. Especially for those mid-field teams, there is no option but to fight for every tenth of a second to reach Q2 and sometimes Q3.

I’ve loved the Q1, Q2 and Q3 procedure since it was implemented in 2006, I’m not sure why they didn’t do it earlier.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:10 am

Mobil 1 wrote:
If that happens in Moto GP, fair play, but why would F1 teams want to practice in qualifying when they have three practice sessions in qualifying? The parc-ferme rule makes it impossible anyway, as set-up work cannot be done once each car leaves the pitlane for qualifying.

That would have to change and warm up would have to return.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:35 am

Sorry, I meant three practice sessions prior to qualifying.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:47 am

This weekend will be MEDIUM and Hard. Not what is written at the start of this thread.

That change was made earlier this week... there will be no soft tyres in Bahrain.

So how will that change thi

Lots of reaction to this...

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/106847
http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/106854

So, thoughts now?

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:29 am

Thanks for that, Sean.

I suspect that tyre degradation in China was just a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, Pirelli have revolutionised F1 – the excitement they’ve created since 2011 is to be applauded.

However, tyre length of 5 or 6 laps is too extreme on a long-term basis. Even the ‘medium’ tyre in China was dodgy over a long run. Bahrain is potentially a high degradation and wear circuit, so the ‘Soft’ tyre might have resulted in a situation like last week.

It is worth bearing in mind that every dry compound is softer than last year, except for the super soft compound.

Red Bull and Mercedes-Benz appear to have the most to gain from harder compound choices.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:44 am

5 or 6 laps isn't enough however they should have to use them for the whole race. It's would leave the drivers to driver the best they could that has to be better for the show.

Plus are normal people (ie not geeky motorsport fan (us)) really follow all the pitstop stuff? Confusing the lay person watching can't help keep them interested can it?
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:07 pm

I don't think so, seeing that soft compound tyre lasting a whole race wouldn't be a pretty sight, and it certainly wouldn't be a test of the best driver. It would be a test of who could trundle around driving at road car speeds - that soft compound was evil last weekend.

At least so far, drivers have no option but to conserve tyres and not drive flat-out. Even with the option of doing multiple pitstops, the driver who can eek out the most from the tyres and even do fewer pitstops will be in a great position - the pitlane loss will always tempt teams to do as fewer tyres stops as possible. Australia is a great example of this, where Raikkonen won because he did fewer pitstops than Alonso or Vettel.

It could be the case that the plethora of pitstops might be confusing casual viewers. I don't see actual evidence of this, especially as the Malaysian Grand Prix was most watched Malaysian GP ever in the UK.

However, I would rather have all this overtaking and battling than not much at all - like in the pre-Pirelli days.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:44 pm

The soft tyre was to far and should never see the light of day again.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:26 am

Well, this is looking like a three-stop race even with the hardest compounds in Pirelli’s range. This will be the safe option, because being rear-limited around here will be a particular disadvantage because virtually every turn is traction-limited.

A two-stopper might be an option for some…let’s see how the surface rubbers in.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:36 am

If it's going to be a three/two stopper anyway why does f1 need the @you have to run both compounds rule?'
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:39 am

I actually like this rule, because it stops teams being so obsessed over one compound and choosing to run that. Some cars suit softer tyres like the Lotus, some cars don't like them - but its fair for everyone.


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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:57 am

I suspect that Rosberg’s pole might not be great at all, because the Ferrari in particular is kinder on its tyres and Nico will eat up his tyres trying to defend.

It is a shame that Raikkonen qualified in 9th, he should be Alonso’s main rival over long stints. Making up ground early will be key if Kimi is to fight for victory, he cannot allow Alonso or Vettel to get too far ahead.

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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Mon Apr 22, 2013 6:30 am

Much better race this weekend, still not perfect though on the tyre front. Vettel did a solid job today, got down to business early and made his job easy. Ferrari and Alonso did a very strange thing fixing the car like that and then immediately breaking it again. Hamilton had a good drive, I expected more drop off in the tyres for them but he managed them very well. Felt sorry for Massa, he did great in quali and he had Alonso out the way so would have been in good shape. Its nice to see Di Resta and Grosjean in the top four, both needed a litttle confidence boost.

I enjoyed watching the battle in the mid points order. Perez shouldn't have had that little swipe at Button on the straight or had the bump on Jensons rear but they got through without a DNF, not 100% sure what happened with Dros and Mark but probably a racing incident. Other than that very good clean racing.
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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Mon Apr 22, 2013 8:48 am

That was possibly the best dry Grand Prix in a long time. There was overtaking and battles seemingly in every lap. It wasn’t just overtaking, though, a lot of the battles were so well judged – many of those wheel-to-wheel moments could have ended up in disaster.

It was such a shame that Alonso had the DRS issue, because I’m sure he would have won the Grand Prix. When Alonso had his DRS issue, Vettel was effectively handed the victory. Raikkonen again was too far back to challenge for the win, too, Vettel could manage the tyres the way he wanted to, as opposed to having to push hard due to a close competitor.

Rosberg was pushing the limit of acceptable weaving and defending. Specifically, the way he darted to the inside to defend, and then move back to the racing line was questionable. It would have been very easy for a driver behind to career into him, because his movement wasn’t predictable.

Button v Perez was fascinating. It takes two to tango, so Button moaning that Perez was dangerous is a bit rich. I guess Button running Perez into the dirt wasn’t dangerous, or slowing up in turn 4 that ensured Perez stayed behind?

Button cannot have his cake and eat it. In turn 4, Button deliberately slowed to ensure that Perez couldn’t get a better drive off the corner – this caught out Perez and then contact was made. Perez perhaps should have known Button was going to slow Perez’s exit, but if he didn’t want to be punted – he shouldn’t have played silly tricks like that.

IMO, Button was more spooked that Perez was faster in the same car – even though Perez had a damaged front wing. Button getting beaten by Perez with a damaged front wing speaks volumes…

I found it interesting that Button fought Perez so hard, but rolled over for Hamilton when he came up behind in turn 1. Clearly being top dog at McLaren interested Button more, but he failed at that.

Hamilton drove a really good race. Despite starting 9th, he finished ahead of Rosberg who started on pole. Initially, Hamilton was mired in the midfield – but carefully managed his tyres and it paid dividends at the end.

Pirelli have some answering to do with the medium compound – that is three failures in one weekend….



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PostSubject: Re: F1 - 2013 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - MANAMA   Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:24 am

Some pretty decent battles out there (for a change tongue). Wonder how Whitmarsh is feeling right now? Rolling Eyes

Shame di Resta didn't make the podium, but still a superb drive from him.

Vettel did a Lorenzo and controlled it no problem. Made it look too easy once he dealt with Alonso and Rosberg at the start.
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