Will France reach 500 points-scoring races? Can Sebastian Vettel become the first driver to take three consecutive Bahrain victories? Will Nico Hulkenberg equal Martin Brundle’s win-less race tally? Here are the records which are up for grabs over the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix weekend!
THE NUMBERS AND MILESTONES
This will be the 999th F1 Grand Prix, the 15th Bahrain Grand Prix and the 15th F1 race held at the Sakhir Circuit.
The tenth lap of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix will be the 800th Grand Prix lap raced at the Bahrain International Circuit.
If Pierre Gasly or Romain Grosjean score a point, this will be the 500th F1 race in which a French driver has scored a point.
Both Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel can become only the second and third drivers to have led a Grand Prix in 13 consecutive seasons if they lead a race this year.
If Lewis Hamilton leads 25 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix, he’ll become only the second driver in F1 history to have led 4,000 laps of races.
If Daniel Ricciardo finishes on the podium he’ll reach 1,000 points scored in his career
Kimi Raikkonen will become the driver with most Bahrain Grand Prix appearances, with fourteen. Ahead of the weekend, he’s currently tied on thirteen appearances at the circuit, along with Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso. A fastest lap for Kimi Raikkonen would see him become only the fifth driver to take a fastest lap with four different teams.
THE RECORDS TO BEAT
Sebastian Vettel could extend the record number of Grand Prix wins at the track to five. If Vettel takes pole he’ll be the first driver to have taken back-to-back poles at the track on separate occasions. He previously did it in 2010 and 2012. If he wins, he’ll be the first driver to have taken three consecutive wins at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton could equal the record number of poles at the track, which is three, held by Sebastian Vettel, while Vettel himself will be hoping to extend the record.
Ferrari could equal Mercedes’ record number of poles for a team at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend. Mercedes currently have five, while Ferrari are on four.
If Nico Hulkenberg fails to win in Bahrain, he’ll equal Martin Brundle’s total of races without a victory – equalling third in the all-time list of most races without a win.
Sebastian Vettel could equal Nico Rosberg’s record of three fastest laps at the circuit. Mercedes and Ferrari’s drivers are currently tied with four fastest laps each at the Bahrain track – will either take the outright record this weekend?
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are separated by only two points in the race for the most points scored at the Bahrain International Circuit. Hamilton has scored 140 points here so far, while Vettel has scored 138. Who’ll be leading that battle on Sunday evening?
Lewis Hamilton could equal Kimi Raikkonen’s record of most points-scoring Bahrain Grands Prix, while Raikkonen could extend his record of eleven points-scoring races at the track to twelve. Meanwhile, Nico Hulkenberg could take the outright record for the most pointless Bahrain Grand Prix appearances. He’s currently tied on five point-less races at the circuit with Adrian Sutil.
If they take 14 points in the race, McLaren would become the fourth team to score 100 points at the track.
If Ferrari lead three laps, they’ll be the first team to have led 300 laps at this track, while if Mercedes lead 5 they’ll have led 200 laps here. Red Bull would need to lead 54 laps to reach 200 laps led at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. Now in its sixth season, the blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics. Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and GPDestinations. In 2017 and 2018, he wrote for Badger GP. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast.