2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

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2018 Bahrain Grand Prix
Race 2 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
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Race details[1]
Date 8 April 2018
Official name Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
Location Bahrain International Circuit
Sakhir, Bahrain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.412 km (3.362 mi)
Distance 57 laps, 308.238 km (191.530 mi)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:27.958
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
Time 1:33.740 on lap 22
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Mercedes
Third Mercedes

The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix)[1] was a Formula One motor race that took place on 8 April 2018 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.[2] The race was the second round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the fourteenth time that the Bahrain Grand Prix had been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

Sebastian Vettel was the defending race winner. He entered the round with a seven-point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship.[3][4] In the World Constructors' Championship standings, Ferrari hold a ten-point lead over Mercedes.

Report[edit]

Practice[edit]

Daniel Ricciardo was fastest in first practice with Kimi Räikkönen fastest in second and third practice.[5][6][7]

Qualifying[edit]

Sebastian Vettel qualified on pole position with a time of 1:27.958, a new outright track record, with teammate Kimi Räikkönen second. Mercedes locked out the second row, although Lewis Hamilton subsequently took a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change and started from ninth on the grid. Pierre Gasly made Q3 for the first time in his career, eventually qualifying in sixth. Max Verstappen started the race in fifteenth position, having been prevented from taking part in Q2 following a crash in Q1 after he lost control of his throttle as his car rode over a kerb.[8]

Race[edit]

At the start, Vettel got away well, leading into turn 1. Bottas overtook Raikkonen to claim 2nd, and Gasly also overtook Ricciardo to claim 4th. However, Ricciardo got 4th place back at turn 4, on the first lap. Max Verstappen made up ground on the first lap so he was behind Lewis Hamilton, who'd fallen to 10th place. The pair fought at turn 1 on lap 2, with Verstappen puncturing his left rear tyre. His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, experienced an electrical shutdown at the same time, forcing him to retire. Brendon Hartley received a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision with Sergio Pérez. Verstappen then lost drive, also forcing him to retire from the Grand Prix. This was the first time in 8 years that both Red Bull Racing drivers retired from a Grand Prix, and the first time since the 2016 Russian Grand Prix that neither Red Bull drivers had scored points. Hamilton overtook Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon and Nico Hülkenberg into one corner to move up into 6th place. He then passed Kevin Magnussen and Pierre Gasly in the next few laps to move up into 4th place.

During his second pit stop on lap 35, Kimi Räikkönen struck Ferrari tyre changer Francesco Cigarini with his left rear tyre as his car left the pit box, breaking Cigarini's tibia and fibula.[9] The incident was caused by the Ferrari pit box's light incorrectly switching to green despite the fact that the left rear tyre had never actually been changed.[10] After analysis, the faulty green was determined to have been caused by the pit system checking (only) if the wheel was securely fitted, and if the wheel gun had been "sufficiently active" beforehand.[9] Räikkönen immediately stopped in the pit lane on advice over team radio and retired the car. Räikkönen's retirement promoted Lewis Hamilton to the podium, and Ferrari was subsequently fined €50,000 for an unsafe pit release.[11]

Räikkönen's pit lane incident meant that teammate Sebastian Vettel could not carry out his second pit stop on schedule, and had to extend the stint on his soft tyres for 30% longer than the expected lifespan of the tyres, as stated by Pirelli. Towards the end of the race, with Vettel struggling with his tyres, Bottas got within DRS range of Vettel, but could not pass for the lead of the race. Pierre Gasly finished the race in P4, equalling Toro Rosso's best result in 2017, scoring Honda's best result since returning to F1 and earning him his first points in F1

After the race, Brendon Hartley and Sergio Pérez both received 30 second time penalties for failing to maintain position on the formation lap.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:29.060 1:28.341 1:27.958 1
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:28.951 1:28.515 1:28.101 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.275 1:28.794 1:28.124 3
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.396 1:28.458 1:28.220 91
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:29.552 1:28.962 1:28.398 4
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:30.121 1:29.836 1:29.329 5
7 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:29.594 1:29.623 1:29.358 6
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:30.260 1:29.187 1:29.570 7
9 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:30.338 1:30.009 1:29.874 8
10 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:29.893 1:29.802 1:29.986 10
11 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:30.412 1:30.105 11
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:30.218 1:30.156 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:30.5302 1:30.212 13
14 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 1:30.479 1:30.525 14
15 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:29.374 no time 15
16 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:30.5302 16
17 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.063 17
18 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:31.414 18
19 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.420 19
20 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:31.503 20
107% time: 1:35.177
Source:[12]
Notes
  • ^1  – Lewis Hamilton received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[13]
  • ^2  – Fernando Alonso and Romain Grosjean set identical lap times in Q1. As Alonso was the first to set his time, he was considered to have qualified ahead of Grosjean and advanced to Q2.

Race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 57 1:32:01.940 1 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 +0.699 3 18
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 +6.512 9 15
4 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 57 +1:02.234 5 12
5 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 57 +1:15.046 6 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 57 +1:39.024 7 8
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 56 +1 lap 13 6
8 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren-Renault 56 +1 lap 14 4
9 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 lap 17 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 56 +1 lap 8 1
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 56 +1 lap 10
12 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 lap 19
13 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 56 +1 lap 16
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 56 +1 lap 20
15 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 56 +1 lap 18
161 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 56 +1 lap 12
172 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 56 +1 lap 11
Ret 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 35 Wheel 2
Ret 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 3 Transmission 15
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1 Electrics 4
Source:[14]
Notes
  • ^1  – Sergio Pérez originally finished in twelfth place but had thirty seconds added to race time for overtaking on the formation lap.
  • ^2  – Brendon Hartley originally finished in thirteenth place but had thirty seconds added to race time for failing to retake his original starting position before reaching the safety-car line on the formation lap.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  2. ^ "FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 6 December 2017. Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Race – Official Classification". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 16 April 2017. Archived from the original on 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Rolex Australian Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 25 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 1". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ Anderson, Ben (19 April 2018). "Why the Verstappen bubble has finally burst". Autosport.com. Autosport Media UK. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Ferrari explains error that injured mechanic in Bahrain Grand Prix". Eurosport. 2018-04-13. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ "Ferrari mechanic suffers broken leg when hit by Kimi Raikkonen in pits at Bahrain GP". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Ferrari handed big fine for Raikkonen unsafe release". Formula1.com. Retrieved 2018-04-12.
  12. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 7 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Hamilton set for gearbox penalty". Speedcafe. 7 April 2018.
  14. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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