Starting Grid 2019 Bahrain F1 GP

Lighting effects from the tower in the paddock Bahrain GP F1/2019

Event: Bahrain Grand Prix
Track: Bahrain International Circuit
Start time: 18:10 (local) | 16:10 GMT | 08:10 PT

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will start from pole for the 1st time in his F1 career in Bahrain. Tomorrows 15th 2019 Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix will be Leclerc's 2nd Bahrain F1 GP.

Ferrari is by far the quickest car in Bahrain and Leclerc will have only his 2nd placed team mate Sebastian Vettel to battle for the race win.

According the statistics Vettel is the most successful driver in Bahrain history. You can find those statistics on the Grand Prix and circuit page.

Start grid 2019 Bahrain F1 GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time
116Charles LeclercFerrari 1:27.866
25Sebastian VettelFerrari 1:28.160
344Lewis HamiltonMercedes 1:28.190
477Valtteri BottasMercedes1:28.256
533Max VerstappenRed Bull1:28.752
620Kevin MagnussenHaas1:28.757
755Carlos SainzMcLaren1:28.813
87Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:29.022
94Lando NorrisMcLaren1:29.043
103Daniel RicciardoRenault1:29.488
118Romain GrosjeanHaas1:29.015
1223Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:29.513
1310Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:29.526
1411Sergio PérezRacing Point1:29.756
1526Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:29.854
1699Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:30.026
1727Nico HülkenbergRenault1:30.034
1818Lance StrollRacing Point1:30.217
1963George RussellWilliams1:31.759
2088Robert KubicaWilliams1:31.799

Car 8 - Romain Grosjean received a 3 place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris in Q1.

 

Quickest Race Strategy 2019 Bahrain F1 GP

Charles Leclerc claimed the first pole position of his career to lead a Ferrari one-two, just ahead of both Mercedes drivers. The P Zero soft tyres were used from start to finish of qualifying in Bahrain, held under the floodlights as evening turned into night.

Starting Grid 2019 Bahrain F1 GP

  • The quickest strategy on paper is actually to start on the medium tyre for 20 laps, then finish the race on the hard tyre.
  • As nobody in the top 10 will be starting on the medium, the second-quickest strategy is looking promising: start on the soft tyre for 15 laps, then hard to the end.
  • There are a few two-stoppers that could also work. The most favourable two-stopper is: start on the soft tyre for 15 laps, then medium for 21 laps, then another set of mediums to the end.

Keep an eye on:

  • A wide variety of strategies, as was the case last year. As we have detailed above, there are many permutations that could work out quite well in the race.
  • Rapid pace: Leclerc’s pole time was also the new lap record in Bahrain. Both of the Monegasque’s flying Q3 laps were good enough for pole.
  • Rear tyres: this is a rear-limited race, so the drivers will have to look after them.
  • Unexpected weather: the race should be dry, but there was heavy rain in Manama last night and even a few drops of rain this morning.
  • McLaren: both cars are in the top 10 after a strong performance in Bahrain.
  • Daniel Ricciardo: the Renault driver, in 11th, is the first person to have a free choice of starting tyre can follow the theoretically fastest strategy.


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2 F1 Fan comments on “Starting Grid 2019 Bahrain F1 GP

  1. Roger Carroll

    As I said earlier this looks like continuing a two horse race , I hope I am wrong and at the front the winner could be dependent on tyre strategy. Good to see McLaren making progress, lets hope the engine lasts the distance. An interesting point is Kimi again; is he still faster than conventional wisdom or is the car really so good because the combination is only 0,27 behind Verstappen!! Why not put a real upcoming youngster in the second Alfa seat to shake things up?

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  2. Simon Saivil

    "...Why not put a real upcoming youngster in the second Alfa seat to shake things up?..."

    Who do you have in mind?

    I was surprised when Alfa picked up Giovinazzi, since Haas rejected him 2-3 years ago for not being fast enough. But, Alfa had no choice I guess, being a B-team to Ferrari.

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