2022 Bahrain Grand Prix Weekend Information

1058th F1 GRAND PRIX | 18th BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX | 19th GRAND PRIX AT BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT

2021 POLESITTER: MAX VERSTAPPEN | 2021 WINNER: LEWIS HAMILTON


Formula 1 ventured into the Middle East for the first time in 2004. The Bahrain Grand Prix has since appeared on the calendar in almost every season since and now hosts the opening race of the season. The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix is set to take place on March 18-20.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Friday 18th March
Free Practice 1 – 3pm Local Time/ 12pm UK Time
Free Practice 2 – 6pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time

Saturday 19th March
Free Practice 3 – 3pm Local Time/ 12pm UK Time
Qualifying – 6pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time

Sunday 20th March
The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix – 6pm Local Time/ 3pm UK Time


WEEKEND MILESTONES

  • This will be Mercedes’ 250th appearance as a works team in Formula 1.

  • This weekend, Fernando Alonso will set a new record for the most races between a driver’s first and last appearances. The 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix will mark 393 races since his first race start at the 2001 Australian Grand Prix. Alonso currently shares this record with Kimi Raikkonen, but will become the outright record holder following the Finn’s retirement at the end of the 2021 season.

  • Gunayu Zhou will make his Formula 1 debut at the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix. He becomes the first Chinese driver to compete in F1. He’ll be the 90th different driver to have started a Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit.

  • This will be the fourth time that Bahrain International Circuit has hosted the season-opening race. The venue overtakes Interlagos as the circuit to have hosted the sixth-most season-openers, while Bahrain overtakes the United States as the country to have hosted the sixth-most season opening Grands Prix.

READ MORE IN MILESTONES AND RECORDS TO BREAK


WHAT HAS CHANGED AT THE CIRCUIT SINCE LAST YEAR?

There have been no significant changes to Bahrain International Circuit since F1 last visited the track for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix.


HOW MANY DRS ZONES WILL THERE BE AT THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX?

There will be three DRS zones at the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix. The activation zones are located on the main straight, between Turns 3 and 4 and on the back straight after Turn 10.


BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT TRACK GUIDE

F1 stepped into the Middle East for the first time in 2004, with the Bahrain International Circuit hosting its first race in the Sakhir desert. Since then, the track has become host to one of the sport’s annual night races.

Situated 30km south-west of the Bahrain capital Manama, the Bahrain International Circuit is built on the site of a former camel farm. Crown Prince of Bahrain, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, was enthusiastic for the track to be built and for the pinnacle of motorsport to visit the country – so much so that it became a national objective for the country.

READ MORE IN OUR ULTIMATE TRACK GUIDE


WHO WILL BE IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE?

The world’s media will have the opportunity to talk to the drivers on Friday morning before the opening practice session. The 20 drivers will be split into four groups for this week’s press conference. Here are the groups:

  • Group 1: Zhou Guanyu, Charles Leclerc, Mick Schumacher, Lando Norris, Max Verstappen
  • Group 2: Valtteri Bottas, Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez
  • Group 3: Pierre Gasly, Fernando Alonso, Lance Stroll, George Russell, Nicholas Latifi
  • Group 4: Yuki Tsunoda, Esteban Ocon, Nico Hulkenberg, Lewis Hamilton, Alex Albon

The media will also be talking to prominent members of Formula 1’s teams on Saturday morning. Frederic Vasseur, Laurent Rossi, Toto Wolff, Franz Tost, Guenther Steiner and Christian Horner will appear in the press conference.


WHO WILL BE THE RACE DIRECTOR?

Niels Wittich will make his debut as race director at the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.


WHO WILL BE THE DRIVER STEWARD?

Each weekend a former Formula 1 driver, or a driver from another prominent series of motorsport, joins the stewards to help judge any incidents from a drivers’ perspective. The Driver Steward this weekend is Derek Warwick.


WEATHER FORECAST

The weather forecast for the week ahead at the circuit currently looks like this:


WHICH TYRE COMPOUNDS WILL BE USED?

In 2022, each team will be supplied with the same selection of tyres by Pirelli. Pirelli will supply the C1, C2 and C3 compounds for this race weekend.


WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

The 2021 Formula 1 season began with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Though Max Verstappen took pole position, it was reigning champion Lewis Hamilton who secured the first victory of the season.

Pre-season testing – held at Bahrain International Circuit two weeks prior to the Bahrain Grand Prix – had suggested that Red Bull would be a real threat to Mercedes’ dominance in 2021. That proved to be the case on Saturday, as Max Verstappen took pole position with an advantage of almost four tenths over Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s new team-mate Sergio Perez, who had qualified eleventh, came to a halt on the Formation Lap. He was able to get going again, but as the drivers started another Formation Lap, Perez was consigned to start from the pit lane.

The race finally began, with Verstappen maintaining the lead in the opening corners. Just three turns into his debut Grand Prix appearance, Nikita Mazepin – who had struggled to keep his Haas car pointing in the right direction for most of the weekend – spun and crashed out of the race. At the restart, Hamilton challenged Verstappen for the lead, with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc close behind, but the Red Bull again maintained the advantage. While the McLaren pair duelled for position, Mazepin’s team-mate Mick Schumacher suffered a spin of his own and Pierre Gasly lost his front wing following contact with the rear of Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton pitted for the first time on Lap 14, while Verstappen stayed out for a further four laps. Hamilton took the lead of the race as a result of the undercut – and would stay ahead after the pair’s second stops too. Verstappen set about closing the gap for a tense end to the Grand Prix. A wide moment from Hamilton on Lap 51 allowed Verstappen to close within DRS range of the Mercedes. Verstappen made his move at Turn 4, but ran off track in passing Hamilton and was forced to give the position back. Verstappen did not give up, but his attempts were ultimately futile, and Hamilton claimed victory by 0.745 seconds.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel’s debut weekend with Aston Martin did not go to plan. After a Q1 exit and a grid penalty, a collision with Esteban Ocon in the race saw him pick up a further penalty and more penalty points. After dicing with Fernando Alonso during the race, Yuki Tsunoda scored points on his F1 debut, becoming the first Japanese driver to do so. While Valtteri Bottas completed the podium positions, Perez was awarded Driver of the Day for his fine comeback drive from the pit lane to fifth.


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