Bahrain Grand Prix preview and predictions:
The 15th round of the Formula F1 championships will be underway in the Bahrain International Circuit as 20 drivers battle it out in a 5.412 km long circuit over the race weekend. The Drivers’ championship is done and dusted with Lewis Hamilton taking a record equaling 7th title in Turkey last week around whereas the Constructors championships was sealed long back by the Mercedes team.
With this, the other teams will try to score as many brownie points as possible by going aggressive in terms of their strategy and upgrades for the next three races. The race is expected to be another thriller with the mid field battle tighter than ever.
Bahrain Grand Prix Predictions and Odds: Championship standings
Despite the fact that championship has slipped away from other teams, the mid-field battle will be the one to look out for in the remaining three races. Lewis Hamilton is leading the pack with 307 points whereas Bottas is 110 points behind the championship leader.
Max Verstappen is trying to close the gap to the 2nd spot as he is on 170 points. But from then on, 41 points separates 4th placed Sergio Perez and 11th placed Lance Stroll implying that the likes of Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Carlos Sainz have a good chance to finish in the top 4 if results go in their favor.
Sebastian Vettel would be looking for another glory before he leaves Ferrari whereas the Alfa Romeos and the Haas duo would be looking for some consolation points. Lastly, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi would be rearing to open the account of their team.
Bahrain Grand Prix Preview and Predictions: Schedule
The race week is scheduled from 27th of November to the race-day on 29th the Sunday. The weekend begins with two free-practices on Friday where the drivers run race simulations and also look at the different tyre compounds.
The Saturday will begin with an hour-long third practice session where the drivers run the qualifying simulations and add finishing touches.
The qualifying will be held two hours after the practice with drivers looking to start ahead in the grid on Sunday. With the weather expected to be dry in the desert, three different compounds (Softs, Mediums and Hards) will be allocated for this weekend.
Practice 1 (27th November) – 14.00 - 15.30 local time (16.30 - 18.00 IST)
Practice 2 (27th November) – 18.00 – 19.30 local time (20.30 – 22.00 IST)
Practice 3 (28th November) – 14.00 – 15.00 local time (16.30 – 17.30 IST)
Qualifying (28th November) – 17.00 – 18.00 local time (19.30 – 20.30 IST)
Race (29th November) – 17.10 local time (19.40 IST)
Bahrain Grand Prix Preview and Odds: History and Odds
The Bahrain International calendar was first added to the calendar in 2004 organizing 15 races so far over a decade and half. The circuit is 5.412 kms long with two DRS zones for the drivers to overtake.
Even though the drivers would be flat out for more than 50% of the lap, it is important for the car to have certain amount of downforce to manage the corners in the second and third sector specifically.
Sebastian Vettel has got the most number of wins here whereas Lewis Hamilton would be looking for his 4th win on this circuit when he starts. With plenty of scope for overtaking, an exciting race lies ahead of us fans on the last Sunday of November.
The betting markets and prediction experts are expecting a comprehensive victory for the second 7-time World Champion on Sunday with Bottas and Vertsappen to follow.
Bet365 which is a premium betting site, is expecting Lewis Hamilton to finish on the top spot on Sunday. Another platform Betway have also gone on to predict a Mercedes 1-2 finish with some resistance coming from Max Verstappen who has the third best odds so far.
Oddschecker known for giving out the best odds have also suggested Lewis Hamilton to take his 95th race win at the Bahrain international circuit with Bottas and Verstappen sharing the podium with the reigning world champion.
Bahrain Grand Prix F1 preview and predictions: Where to watch?
The race weekend will be available to watch on the Sky Network in Europe and UK. For Indian fans, the race will be available on Star Sports Select and the Hotstar app. It can also be watched on the official F1 app but is available only in selected regions of the world.