Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have shared the last nine Bahrain Grand Prix victories, but Vettel remains Red Bull’s only podium finisher at the circuit. Here’s everything you need to know about each team’s history at the Bahrain Grand Prix!
WINS: 4, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 12
In every year since 2014, both Mercedes drivers have finished on the podium at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The team have a 100% finish record at the Sakhir circuit, and none of their cars have failed to finish in the points in every season since the manufacturer returned as a works team in 2010. Michael Schumacher’s tenth place at the track in 2012 is Mercedes’ worst finish here. They’ve taken four Sakhir victories so far, three consecutively between 2014 and 2016 and their latest in 2019. Mercedes recorded 1-2 finishes at the circuit in both 2014 and 2019. They have scored more points here than any other team.
Mercedes took five poles in a row here between 2013 and 2017, and locked out the front row twice during that time. In both of the last two seasons, neither Mercedes qualified on the front row and instead locked-out the second row. Michael Schumacher recorded the team’s worst qualifying performance in Bahrain in 2012, with 18th on the grid. It’s the only time a Mercedes car hasn’t qualified in the top ten in Bahrain, and the only time one of their cars hasn’t reached the final part of qualifying.
WINS: 6, POLES: 5, PODIUMS: 14
Ferrari have taken more wins at the Bahrain Grand Prix than any other team, with six wins in total. Most recently, Sebastian Vettel brought the team two consecutive wins in 2017 and 2018, and Charles Leclerc looked set for a win in 2019 before his engine troubles. 2014 is the last time neither Ferrari car finished on the Sakhir podium, while 2005 is Ferrari’s only point-less appearance in Bahrain. The Italian team have failed to finish the race here on only three occasions: Michael Schumacher had hydraulic issues in 2005, Kimi Raikkonen had pit-stop problems in 2018 and Sebastian Vettel failed to start the race in 2016 due to an engine failure on the formation lap.
Ferrari have taken pole here five times and secured their fourth front row lock out in Bahrain last season. Nine races in the Sakhir desert have featured a Ferrari on the front row, while there have been just two occasions where one of their cars has qualified outside of the top ten. Felipe Massa’s Q2 exit is the only occasion where a Ferrari driver has failed to reach Q3 at the circuit, while Rubens Barrichello’s fifteenth place in 2005 is the team’s only other non top ten qualification at the track.
WINS: 2, POLES: 2, PODIUMS: 3
Sebastian Vettel is the only driver to have supplied Red Bull with a win, a pole or a podium position at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Vettel won twice for the team at the track, in 2010 and 2012, qualifying on pole in the same seasons and taking an additional podium finish in 2009. While 2019 marked the first time the team have finished with both cars in the points at the Sakhir circuit since 2016, 2018 marked their second double DNF at the track. Their double DNFs are the only times the team have failed to pick up points from the event.
Since their last pole here in 2012, Red Bull have qualified on the front row in Bahrain only once, in 2013. 2017 is the only occasion in the past six seasons where both Red Bull drivers have qualified in the top ten. In each of the last two years, one Red Bull driver has qualified in fifth with the other out in Q2. 2008 is the only time neither of the team’s drivers have reached the final part of qualifying, while 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017 are the only times both Red Bulls have appeared in Q3.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 4
McLaren have never won nor taken pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix and have only led eight laps in the Sakhir desert. Their best finishing position here came in 2007, when Lewis Hamilton finished as runner-up, while their most recent top three finish here also came courtesy of Hamilton in 2010. There have been four races at the track where McLaren have failed to score, while 2004 and 2014 are the only times neither of their cars have reached the end of the race in Sakhir. Between 2014 and 2017, McLaren scored just one point at the Bahrain Grand Prix, thanks to Stoffel Vandoorne’s tenth place finish on his debut in 2016. Their form at the track took an upward turn in 2018, as Fernando Alonso and Vandoorne finished seventh and eighth respectively, marking only the sixth time both McLarens have scored at the Bahrain Grand Prix. In 2019, Lando Norris finished sixth, recording McLaren’s best result at the circuit since 2013.
Lewis Hamilton’s second place in qualifying in 2007 and 2012 are the only two times a McLaren has qualified on the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix. The team have been frequently unlucky on Saturdays here, whether that be Kimi Raikkonen failing to set a lap time at the inaugural event, the Finn’s suspension failure which saw him start last in 2006 or Jenson Button in 2015, who was unable to set a time after his car broke down on his out-lap. McLaren returned to form in qualifying at the track last year, reaching Q3 for the first time since 2014. Both Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz appeared in the top ten last season. The team have had three Q1 exits in total at the circuit.
WINS: 2, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 2
Renault won the 2005 and 2006 Bahrain Grands Prix, but since then have only scored points in the country on three occasions. Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place finish in 2018 marked the Renault team’s second points scoring Sakhir race – and what was then their best finish – since their return to F1 in 2016. Last year, both Renault drivers retired on the same lap, resulting in the team’s first double non-finish at the circuit. The inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix is the only time the team have scored points with both cars here, though during the Enstone team’s time as Lotus, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean both finished on the podium in 2012 and 2013.
A streak of double Q3 appearances for Renault in Bahrain ended last year. Daniel Ricciardo reached Q2, while Nico Hulkenberg recorded Renault’s third Q1 exit at the circuit. Their other two Q1 exits here came in 2016, when both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer were eliminated in the first part of qualifying. Fernando Alonso’s pole position at the track in 2005 remains the only time a Renault car has featured on the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0
The former Toro Rosso team’s best result at the Bahrain Grand Prix came in 2018, as Pierre Gasly finished an impressive fourth in the team’s second outing with Honda power. Max Verstappen’s sixth place here in 2016 and Alex Albon’s ninth place in 2019 are the only other times Toro Rosso have scored points at the Sakhir track. The team have had ten DNFs in total here, including double non-finishes in 2007 and 2015.
Toro Rosso have qualified in the top ten on just four occasions for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Daniel Ricciardo recorded the team’s best qualification at the track with sixth in 2012, which was equalled by Pierre Gasly in 2018. The team have never had a double Q3 appearance at the circuit, while 2007 and 2009 are the only times both cars have been eliminated in Q1. Carlos Sainz’s Q1 exit in 2017 is the only time one of their cars has been eliminated in the first part of qualifying in the last seven seasons.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 1
Alongside Mercedes, Racing Point (and their former Force India guise) are one of only two current teams to have never recorded a DNF in the Bahrain Grand Prix. In fact, in the team’s entire history at the track dating back to 2004, they have recorded only two DNFs. However, in their pre-Force India history, Jordan, Midland and Spyker failed to pick up any points. Sergio Perez’s podium finish here in 2014 remains the team’s highlight performance, though Paul di Resta’s fourth place finish in the previous season is also worthy of a mention. 2008, 2009 and 2016 are the only occasions where the team have failed to score in Sakhir, while 2014 and 2017 are the only occasions on which both Force Indias have finished in the points. The team have picked up one point at the circuit in both of the last two races at the track.
Sergio Perez recorded the team’s best qualifying finish here in 2014 with fifth, which later became fourth on the grid. 2013 is the only occasion where both Force India drivers have reached the final part of qualifying, while 2008 and 2009 mark the team’s only double Q1 exits. 2017 and 2019 are the only times from the past nine seasons where neither Force India driver has appeared in the final part of qualifying.
WINS: 0, POLES: 1, PODIUMS: 1
Robert Kubica took the Sauber team’s only pole position in Formula 1 at the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix, back when the team were backed by BMW. Kubica couldn’t convert the pole into a win, but nevertheless took the team’s sole podium finish in Sakhir with third place. Incredibly, since then Sauber failed to score at the event until 2018. Their dry spell came to an end when Marcus Ericsson finished ninth, marking only the fourth season in which the team have scored points in Bahrain. As they became Alfa Romeo in 2019, Kimi Raikkonen recorded the team’s best result at the circuit since 2008, with ninth place. Despite their low points rate, the former Sauber team have had relatively few DNFs here, with 2010 and 2014 being their only double non-finishes at the circuit.
Kubica’s pole is the only front-row qualification for a Sauber at this track, and there have been just six other occasions on which Sauber have qualified in the top ten for this event. In 2019, Kimi Raikkonen gave the team their first top ten qualification since Sergio Perez qualified eighth in 2012. At least one of their cars has been eliminated in all of the last four Bahrain events, and in six of the last seven seasons.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0
2018 is the only season that both Haas cars have reached the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Haas have finished in the top five twice at the Sakhir track. Romain Grosjean finished fifth in 2016 and Kevin Magnussen repeated that result in 2018. Last year, with Magnussen finishing thirteenth and Grosjean retiring, Haas failed to score at the Bahrain International Circuit for the first time in their four appearances.
One Haas car has reached the top ten in qualifying on all three of the team’s appearances so far at the Bahrain Grand Prix, while last season marked their first double Q3 appearance. Their worst qualifying here was in 2017, when Kevin Magnussen set the slowest time of the twenty drivers, while their best effort is the Dane’s sixth place qualification in 2019.
WINS: 0, POLES: 0, PODIUMS: 0
Williams have not scored at the Bahrain Grand Prix since 2017, with last season marking the fifth time in their history where they’ve failed to pick up a point at the Sakhir circuit. The team have suffered only one DNF in the past seven seasons at the track – that was as a result of Carlos Sainz colliding with Lance Stroll at the pit exit in 2017. 2012 marks the only time neither Williams car has reached the finish of the race here. Bruno Senna was classified in the final result that year, but stopped just three laps short of the chequered flag. Williams’ best Bahrain result was in 2015, courtesy of Valtteri Bottas who finished fourth.
Williams have never qualified on the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix, and Juan Pablo Montoya’s third place in qualifying in the very first race here remains their best showing. There have been five seasons when both Williams have qualified in the top ten, most recently in 2016. 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2018 are the only occasions where neither car has reached the final part of qualifying. The team suffered their first double Q1 exit at the circuit in 2018 and locked-out the back row of the grid for the first time last year.
After graduating from the University of Hull 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 fifth 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.