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The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:50 am

This is the place to discuss everything related to the 3rd round of the 2017 season taking place in Bahrain between the 14th and 16th of April.

To submit your 10 'n' Pole Picks for Bahrain click here, to register in the competition click here

Picks for Bahrain close at the start of Saturday practice

The event timetable for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Friday
1st Practice 14:00 local time - 11:00 GMT
2nd Practice 18:00 local time - 15:00 GMT

Saturday
Practice 15:00 local time - 12:00 GMT
Qualifying 18:00 local time - 15:00 GMT

Sunday
Race 18:00 local time - 15:00 GMT

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:03 am

The 13th running of the Bahrain Grand Prix commences this weekend.

This has been the happy hunting ground for Mercedes for the last 3 years with Nico Rosberg winning last year and Lewis Hamilton the previous 2.

Interestingly enough, Sebastian Vettel is also a double race winner back in his time with Red Bull.

So, who do we see as the greatest chance of winning this event?

I feel that Ferrari, read Sebastian Vettel, will again rise to the top closely with Lewis closely up his tailpipe.
No matter how I try, I just cannot get into my head that Kimi is really in the game. Yes, he will put in the occasional fast lap but, unless the car is exactly to his liking, he really just circulates. Because of this, I am giving 3rd to Valtteri Bottas with Kimi next.

The Red Bulls will probably fill the next positions with Filipe Massa hopefully working out what happened to his speed in China in his Williams.

The next three places will probably be a Hass, Toro Rosso and a Force India but the Renault could also be there.

Good luck and good picks.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:13 pm

FP1 Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Time
1	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:32.697
2	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 01:33.097
3	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:33.566
4	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:34.095
5	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:34.246
6	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:34.322
7	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:34.332
8	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  01:34.372
9	Romain Grosjean	  Haas		  01:34.564
10	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:34.636
11	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:34.838
12	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:34.927
13	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:34.997
14	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	  01:35.002
15	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:35.068
16	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		  01:35.579
17	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber	  01:35.888
18	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber	  01:35.959
19	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:36.079
20	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:42.333
So, what do we know after FP1.
Ferrari are still quick but maybe has some reliability issues.
Red Bulls are in the mix for a result.
Mercedes are playing their cards close to their chest.
Lance Stroll may be of some use to Williams in the Constructors Championship.
Fernando Alonso has a better offer for the later part of May.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:15 pm

Oh, by the way.
Fernando Alonso is skipping Monaco to run for Andretti Racing at Indy.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:31 pm

FP2 Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Time
1	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:31.310
2	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	  01:31.351
3	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 01:31.376
4	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:31.478
5	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:31.594
6	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:31.883
7	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:32.079
8	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:32.245
9	Romain Grosjean	  Haas		  01:32.505
10	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:32.707
11	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		  01:32.854
12	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:32.875
13	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:32.876
14	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  01:32.897
15	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:33.319
16	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:33.361
17	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber	  01:33.944
18	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:34.072
19	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber	  01:34.117
20	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:34.230
At the conclusion of FP2, there is a little more shown.
Ferrari are on their game. A small glitch that shut down Vettel's car resulted in him coasting back to the pits and losing some time but not the remainder of the session. Smart cookie manually disengaging the clutch whilst the car was still in motion.
Mercedes had both their drivers near the top of the session times proving that they are still a force to be contended with.
Red Bull really surprised with their pace.
Nico Hulkenberg extracted the most out of the Renault for the second successive race.

In relation to Alonso and Indy, Jenson Button will also come out of retirement to take the wheel of the McLaren at Monaco.
Alonso will depart the F1 paddock at the completion of the Spanish GP to commence his Indy adventure.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:55 am

FP3 Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Time
1	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:32.000
2	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:32.304
3	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:32.750
4	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes	  01:32.754
5	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:32.785
6	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:32.801
7	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 01:32.809
8	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:32.933
9	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:33.604
10	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:33.744
11	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:33.916
12	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  01:33.922
13	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber	  01:33.947
14	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:33.965
15	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:34.027
16	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:34.064
17	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas Ferrari	  01:34.198
18	Romain Grosjean	  Haas Ferrari	  01:34.205
19	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber Ferrari  01:34.268
20	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:34.417
The teams still haven't achieved the expected qualifying times. Judging from their times, no-one has really shown what each is capable of.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:10 am

Qualifying

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Pos	Driver		  Team		  Qualifying
1	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes  	  01:28.769
2	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes	  01:28.792
3	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari	  01:29.247
4	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing 01:29.545
5	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari	  01:29.567
6	Max Verstappen	  Red Bull Racing 01:29.687
7	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault	  01:29.842
8	Felipe Massa	  Williams	  01:30.074
9	Romain Grosjean	  Haas		  01:30.763
10	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault	  01:31.074
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11	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso	  01:30.923
12	Lance Stroll	  Williams	  01:31.168
13	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber	  01:31.414
14	Esteban Ocon	  Force India	  01:31.684
15	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren	  No Time
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16	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso	  01:32.118
17	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren	  01:32.313
18	Sergio Perez	  Force India	  01:32.318
19	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber	  01:32.543
20	Kevin Magnussen	  Haas		  01:32.900
So, Mercedes were keeping a little back in reserve but the biggest surprise in qualifying was Valtteri Bottas out qualifying Lewis Hamilton.
That, and the outstanding efforts of Hulkenberg and Palmer in their Renaults both making Q3.

This will be an enjoyable race.

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Re: The 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix Thread

Postby cmlean » Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:03 am

Results

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Pos	Driver		  Team
1	Sebastian Vettel  Ferrari
2	Lewis Hamilton	  Mercedes
3	Valtteri Bottas	  Mercedes
4	Kimi Räikkönen	  Ferrari
5	Daniel Ricciardo  Red Bull Racing
6	Felipe Massa	  Williams
7	Sergio Perez	  Force India
8	Romain Grosjean	  Haas
9	Nico Hulkenberg	  Renault
10	Esteban Ocon	  Force India
11	Pascal Wehrlein	  Sauber
12	Daniil Kvyat	  Toro Rosso
13	Jolyon Palmer	  Renault
14	Fernando Alonso	  McLaren
DNF	Marcus Ericsson	  Sauber
DNF	Carlos Sainz	  Toro Rosso
DNF	Lance Stroll	  Williams
DNF	Max Verstappen    Red Bull Racing
DNF	Kevin Magnussen   Haas
DNS	Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
Stoffel Van Doorne failed to take the start
Alonso classified as a finisher
Sainz given a 3 grid place penalty for the next race following his incident with Stroll.


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