Formula One - Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 6
SITE: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain
TRACK: 5.412 km (3.195 miles); 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 100,000+
ANNUAL: 10th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, April 5/11 a.m. ET
LAPS: 57
MILES: 182.115 (308.238 km)
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (finished 9)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 min., 30.252 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 28 mins., 34.875 secs.)
2013 Finish
1Sebastian Vettel26Sergio Perez12
2Kimi Raikkonen87Mark Webber7
3Romain Grosjean118Fernando Alonso3
4Paul di Resta59Nico Rosberg1
5Lewis Hamilton910Jenson Button10
2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 192.632 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 36 mins., 0.498 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 9.111 secs.
FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel, 1:36.961, Lap 55
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (1:32.330)
Past Bahrain Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Sebastian Vettel (2) -- Red Bull Renault -- 192.632 mph/1:36:0.498
2012 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 194.301 kph/1:35.10.990
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Fernando Alonso (3) -- Ferrari -- 186.170 kph/1:39:20.396
2009 -- Jenson Button (4) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 201.301 kph/1:31:48.182
2008 -- Felipe Massa (2) -- Ferrari -- 202.974 kph/1:31:06.970
2007 -- Felipe Massa (1) -- Ferrari -- 197.887 kph/1:33:27.515
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (4) -- Renault -- 206.018 kph/1:29:46.205
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 207.082 kph/1:29:18.531
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 208.976 kph/1:28:34.875
Past Bahrain Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Nico Rosberg -- 9
2012 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 4
2009 -- Jarno Trulli -- 3
2008 -- Robert Kubica -- 3
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 1
2006 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
Last Race Results
RACE: Malaysian Grand Prix (March 30)
SITE: Sepang International Circuit -- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
LAPS: 56
MILES: 192.887 (310.408 km)
WINNER: Lewis Hamilton
RUNNER-UP: Nico Rosberg
THIRD: Sebastian Vettel
FOURTH: Fernando Alonso
FIFTH: Nico Hulkenberg
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 40 mins., 25.974 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 185.441 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 17.313 secs.
Bahrain Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Red Bull Racing-Renault
3Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Red Bull Racing-Renault
4Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
6Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Ferrari
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)Lotus-Renault
9Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)Caterham-Renault
10Kamui Kobayashi (Hyogo, Japan)Caterham-Renault
11Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Force India-Mercedes
13Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)Lotus-Renault
14Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari
17Jules Bianchi (Nice, France)Marussia-Ferrari
19Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Williams-Mercedes
20Kevin Magnussen (Roskilde, Denmark)McLaren-Mercedes
21Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Sauber-Ferrari
22Jenson Button (Frome, England)McLaren-Mercedes
25Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Toro Rosso-Renault
26Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)Toro Rosso-Renault
27Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Force India-Mercedes
44Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes
77Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)Williams-Mercedes
99Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany)Sauber-Ferrari
* - Defending champion.
Leading Contenders (Finish last nine years)
Sebastian Vettel---------RET24---WonWon
Kimi Raikkonen33326------22
Romain Grosjean---------------------33
Lewis Hamilton------21343---85
Fernando AlonsoWonWon5108Won---78
Nico Rosberg---710895---59
Jenson ButtonRET4RETRETWon7---1810
Nico Hulkenberg---------------14---1212
Felipe Massa79WonWon142---915
Daniel Ricciardo---------------------1516
Mover of the Week
Valtteri Bottas - started 18 and finished 8
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Sebastian Vettel
Last Week's Pick to Win (Fernando Alonso) - finished 4
The Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit is round 3 on the 2014 Formula One calendar.

This will be the tenth running of the Bahrain GP. This event was canceled in 2011 due to anti-government demonstrations in that Middle East country.

The 2014 Bahrain GP will take place at nighttime for the first time. Bahrain International Circuit has installed 495 lighting poles around the circuit, ranging in height from 10-45 meters (33-148 feet). Over 500 kilometers (311 miles) of cabling has been installed to power the system, and it features 5,000 luminaries. The entire lighting project at this circuit took just six months to complete.

This will be F1's third race under the lights. Singapore has hosted a full night race since 2008, and Abu Dhabi's event begins at twilight and ends at night.

Earlier this year, the first corner at Bahrain International Circuit was named in honor of Michael Schumacher, the seven-time F1 world champion and winner of the 2004 inaugural Bahrain GP. Schumacher advised the grand prix organizers during construction phase of this circuit.

Fernando Alonso has won the Bahrain GP three times, which is more than any other driver. Alonso's victories in this race in 2005 and '06 came when he drove for Renault. His most recent Bahrain GP win occurred in the 2010 season- opener when he made his first start for Ferrari.

Felipe Massa from Williams and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel have two victories each in the Bahrain GP. Massa won it in 2007 and '08 when he drove for Ferrari. Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, has won this race the past two years.

The winner of the Bahrain GP has started on the pole position four times: Schumacher (2004), Alonso (2005), Massa (2007) and Vettel (2012). The furthest back in the field a driver has start and won this race is fourth, which was accomplished twice (Alonso in 2006 and Jenson Button in 2009).

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg made his first career F1 start in the 2006 Bahrain GP, driving for Williams at the time. Rosberg qualified 12th and finished seventh, earning two points. He also recorded the fastest lap during that event. Rosberg currently holds the lead in the championship point standings, having won in Australia and finishing second to teammate Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia.

Round 4 in this year's F1 world championship is the April 20 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. Fernando Alonso is the defending race winner.

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As of April 2, 2014, at 10:49 AM ET

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