Which current teams have never had a retirement in Sakhir? Which driver has led the most laps in Bahrain? And which milestone will be reached at this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix? Here’s the Bahrain Grand Prix in numbers!
Mercedes are yet to record a retirement in Bahrain. The team have scored points in every Bahrain Grand Prix they’ve competed in and, since 2014, both Mercedes drivers have finished on the podium. Meanwhile, the last time the Silverstone-based team now known as Racing Point recorded a DNF here, it was under its Midland guise. Christijan Albers’ retirement in 2006 and Narain Karthikeyan’s retirement from the 2005 race are the only times their cars have failed to see the chequered flag at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The closest qualifying session at Sakhir came in 2017, when Valtteri Bottas took his maiden F1 pole position by just 0.023 seconds. On average, pole position is taken by 0.208 seconds in Bahrain.
Only one Polish driver has ever competed in Formula 1, and there has only ever been one occasion where a Polish driver has taken a pole position. That happened here in Bahrain, back in 2008. Robert Kubica took his only pole for BMW Sauber –it was also the team’s only pole position to date.
Toro Rosso have scored points here only twice. With twenty points from twelve appearances they’ve scored the least points of any current team. Their two points scoring occasions have been big results, though. Max Verstappen scored eight points by finishing sixth in 2016, while in 2018 Pierre Gasly recorded what was Honda’s best result since they returned to the sport (until the 2019 Australian Grand Prix) with a brilliant fourth place finish.
Four drivers have scored points in every Bahrain Grand Prix they’ve started – Esteban Ocon, Paul di Resta, Pierre Gasly and Stoffel Vandoorne.
No driver starting from fifth position on the grid at the Bahrain Grand Prix has gone on to record a podium finish.
The highest number of DNFs recorded by a driver at this track is six. That title goes to Jenson Button, who suffered twice as many DNFs here as any other driver. For good measure, the Brit also recorded a DNS at the track in 2015. Carlos Sainz is next up on the list of drivers with the most retirements in Bahrain, having retired from the race three times in four appearances.
A German driver has taken pole in seven of the fourteen race weekends in Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel holds the record for the most poles here with three, while Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg each took two poles at the track. Britain is the only other country to have started from pole more than once in Bahrain – that’s thanks to Lewis Hamilton, who set the Saturday pace at the track in 2015 and 2016.
Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium eight times in Bahrain, yet has never won the Grand Prix. The Finn shares the record for the most number of podiums at a track without a victory with Fernando Alonso, who took eight podiums at Interlagos but never won the Brazilian Grand Prix.
The largest gap between the fastest and slowest cars during a qualifying session in Bahrain was 10.803 seconds, in 2010. There were a few factors for this – the event was the only one to be held on the longer version of the track and there were 24 entrants, some of whom were new teams and drivers competing in their very first Grand Prix weekend.
The most number of entries for a driver at the Bahrain Grand Prix is thirteen. That record is currently shared between Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen will extend the record to fourteen this weekend. Impressively, the Finn is the only one of those three drivers to have recorded a DNF at the track.
The lowest grid position for a podium finisher in Bahrain was 22nd. This was where Kimi Raikkonen started in 2006 after failing to set a time (due to a dramatic suspension failure) during the new knock-out qualifying session introduced in that season. That didn’t stop him from fighting through the field to a fine third at the chequered flag.
The polesitter has taken the victory in Bahrain just six times out of the fourteen races here. That’ a pole to win conversion rate of 42.86%.
The number of different drivers that have competed in the Bahrain Grand Prix since the inaugural race in 2004. Of those 79 drivers, nineteen have only competed in one race. Lando Norris, Antonio Giovinazzi, Alexander Albon and George Russell will take the overall total to 83 drivers this season.
Sebastian Vettel has led 110 more laps than any other driver at the Bahrain International Circuit. Vettel has led 231 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix, almost twice that of Lewis Hamilton’s (121 laps). Felipe Massa is the only other driver to have completed over 100 laps in the lead in Bahrain.
Mercedes have scored more points than any other team in Bahrain, leading Ferrari by just a single point. Mercedes have scored 230 points from 16 points finishes, while Ferrari have scored 229 points from 21 points finishes at the track.
The tenth lap of the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix will be the 800th lap of racing at Bahrain International Circuit.