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.
- ^1 – Romain Grosjean was given a three place grid penalty for impeding Lando Norris during qualifying.
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.
|4||33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing-Honda||57||+6.408||5||12|
|7||7||Kimi Räikkönen||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||57||+47.470||8||6|
|8||10||Pierre Gasly||Red Bull Racing-Honda||57||+58.094||13||4|
|9||23||Alexander Albon||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||57||+1:02.697||12||2|
|10||11||Sergio Pérez||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||57||+1:03.696||14||1|
|11||99||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||57||+1:04.599||16|
|12||26||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda||56||+1 lap||15|
|13||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas-Ferrari||56||+1 lap||6|
|14||18||Lance Stroll||Racing Point-BWT Mercedes||56||+1 lap||18|
|15||63||George Russell||Williams-Mercedes||56||+1 lap||19|
|16||88||Robert Kubica||Williams-Mercedes||55||+2 laps||20|
|172||27||Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||53||Power unit||17|
|182||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Renault||53||Power loss||10|
|192||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||McLaren-Renault||53||Gearbox||7|
|Ret||8||Romain Grosjean||Haas-Ferrari||16||Collision damage||11|
|Fastest lap: Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 1:33.411 (lap 38)|
- ^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
|3||Red Bull Racing-Honda||31|
|2||4||Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari||10|