2019 Bahrain Grand Prix

The 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 31 March 2019 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The race is the second round of the 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship and marked the fifteenth time that the Bahrain Grand Prix was run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

 

Qualifying classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:28.495 1:28.046 1:27.866 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:28.733 1:28.356 1:28.160 2
3 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:29.262 1:28.578 1:28.190 3
4 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:29.498 1:28.830 1:28.256 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:29.579 1:29.109 1:28.752 5
6 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:29.532 1:29.017 1:28.757 6
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:29.528 1:29.055 1:28.813 7
8 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:29.688 1:29.249 1:29.015 11
9 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:29.959 1:29.471 1:29.022 8
10 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:29.381 1:29.258 1:29.043 9
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:29.859 1:29.488 N/A 10
12 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:29.514 1:29.513 N/A 12
13 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:29.900 1:29.526 N/A 13
14 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:29.893 1:29.756 N/A 14
15 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Hionda 1:29.876 :29.854 N/A 15
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:30.026 N/A N/A 16
17 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:30.034 N/A N/A 17
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:30.217 N/A N/A 18
19 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:31.759 N/A N/A 19
20 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1:31.799 N/A N/A 20
107% time: 1:34.689
Notes
  • ^1  – Romain Grosjean was given a three place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris during qualifying.

 

Race

Charles Leclerc was on pole position in his Ferrari for the Grand Prix. As the race got underway, Leclerc lost two positions to his teammate Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, who managed to get ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton in the first corner. Romain Grosjean and Lance Stroll tangled on the first lap with Stroll hitting Grosjean, giving the Haas damage.

By the end of the first lap, Leclerc was on Bottas’ tail and passed the Finn into turn one on Lap 2, which allowed Lewis Hamilton to take third place from Bottas. On Lap 4, Carlos Sainz Jr. attacked Max Verstappen on the outside in turn 4 but Sainz squeezed the Dutchman and collided with him, giving Sainz a puncture. On Lap 6, Charles Leclerc overtook Vettel for the lead of the race into turn 1 and began to pull away quickly. Antonio Giovinazzi sent Daniil Kvyat into a spin at turn 11.

Hamilton was catching Vettel throughout the race and eventually caught upto him on Lap 38 and made a move around the outside in turn 4 but Vettel went into a spin, saying he got surprised and lost the rear of the car. The damage from the tyres caused the car to vibrate leading to a front wing failure and had to pit for a new one, meaning he dropped to 9th place. The Renaults were running 6th and 7th and were fighting into turn 1, Daniel Ricciardo damaging his front wing after it being run over by Nico Hülkenberg.

On Lap 46, Charles Leclerc was cruising in the lead but then reported an engine issue and was losing a lot of pace. It was later revealed that one of his engine cylinders had stopped working. On lap 48 he was caught by Hamilton, who took the lead. On Lap 54 Leclerc was passed by Bottas dropping Leclerc to 3rd and it was looking likely that he was going to be overtaken by Verstappen. But, with 4 laps remaining, the two Renaults retired with mechanical issues and brought out the safety car, which stayed out until the end of the race, making it only the 8th race in Formula 1 to finish under a safety car. As a result, Leclerc managed to hold on to 3rd place and a first ever podium in Formula 1. Leclerc had the fastest lap of the race, giving him and Ferrari one extra point for their respective championships.

 

Race classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 1:34:21.295 3 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 57 +2.980 4 18
3 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 57 +6.131 1 16
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 57 +6.408 5 12
5 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 57 +36.068 2 10
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 57 +45.754 9 8
7 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 57 +47.470 8 6
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 57 +58.094 13 4
9 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 57 +1:02.697 12 2
10 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 57 +1:03.696 14 1
11 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 57 +1:04.599 16
12 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 56 +1 lap 15
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 56 +1 lap 6
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 56 +1 lap 18
15 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 56 +1 lap 19
16 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 55 +2 laps 20
172 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 53 Power unit 17
182 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 53 Power loss 10
192 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 53 Gearbox 7
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 16 Collision damage 11
Fastest lap: Monaco Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 1:33.411 (lap 38)
Notes
  • ^1 – Includes one point for the fastest lap.
  • ^2 – Nico Hülkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz Jr. were classified as they completed more than 90% race distance.

 

Championship standings after the race

Constructors’ Championship standings

Pos. Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue.svg 1 Germany Mercedes 87
1rightarrow blue.svg 2 Italy Ferrari 48
1rightarrow blue.svg 3 Austria Red Bull Racing-Honda 31
1uparrow green.svg 2 4 Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 10
1uparrow green.svg 4 5 United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 8

 

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