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Formula One - Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 21
SITE: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain
TRACK: 5.412 km (3.195 miles); 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 50,000
ANNUAL: 9th
TELEVISION: NBC Sports Network
START TIME: 8 a.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Saturday, April 20/7 a.m. ET
LAPS: 57
MILES: 182.115 (308.238 km)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Sebastian Vettel
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (finished 1)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 min., 30.252 secs.)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 28 mins., 34.875 secs.)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Sebastian Vettel16Paul di Resta10
2Kimi Raikkonen117Fernando Alonso9
3Romain Grosjean78Lewis Hamilton2
4Mark Webber39Felipe Massa14
5Nico Rosberg510Michael Schumacher22
2012 Bahrain Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 194.301 kph
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 35 mins., 10.990 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.333 secs.
FASTEST LAP: Sebastian Vettel, 1:36.379, Lap 41
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:32.422)
Past Bahrain Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
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)
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: Chinese Grand Prix (April 14)
SITE: Shanghai International Circuit -- Shanghai, China
LAPS: 56
MILES: 189.568 (305.066 km)
WINNER: Fernando Alonso
RUNNER-UP: Kimi Raikkonen
THIRD: Lewis Hamilton
FOURTH: Sebastian Vettel
FIFTH: Jenson Button
POLE WINNER: Lewis Hamilton (finished 3)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 36 mins., 26.945 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 189.779 kph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 10.168 secs.
Bahrain Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1 *Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ) Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia) Renault/Red Bull
3Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain) Ferrari/Scuderia
4Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Ferrari/Scuderia
5Jenson Button (Frome, England) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
6Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico) Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
7Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland) Renault/Lotus
8Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland) Renault/Lotus
9Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
10Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England) Mercedes/AMG Petronas
11Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany) Ferrari/Sauber
12Esteban Gutierrez (Monterrey, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
14Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland) Mercedes/Sahara Force India
15Adrian Sutil (Starnberg, Germany) Mercedes/Sahara Force India
16Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela) Renault/Williams
17Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland) Renault/Williams
18Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
19Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia) Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
20Charles Pic (Montelimar, France) Renault/Caterham
21Giedo van der Garde (Rhenen, Nether.)Renault/Caterham
22Jules Bianchi (Nice, France) Cosworth/Marussia
23Max Chilton (Reigate, England) Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Sebastian Vettel------------2224---Won
Kimi Raikkonen2033326------2
Romain Grosjean------------------------3
Mark Webber866177118---4
Nico Rosberg------710895---5
Fernando Alonso6WonWon5108Won---7
Lewis Hamilton---------21343---8
Felipe Massa1279WonWon142---9
Jenson Button31442121Won7---18
 
Mover of the Week
Sebastian Vettel - started 9 and finished 4
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Kimi Raikkonen
Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 4
 
NOTES:
The Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit is round 4 on the 2013 Formula One calendar.

This will be the ninth running of the Bahrain GP. The race made its F1 debut on April 4, 2004, which was won by Michael Schumacher when he drove for Ferrari. This event was canceled in 2011 due to anti-government demonstrations in that Middle East country.

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 came in the 2010 season- opener when he made his first start for Ferrari.

Alonso's teammate, Felipe Massa, is the only other driver with multiple victories in the Bahrain GP. Massa won it in 2007 and '08.

Sebastian Vettel is the defending winner of the Bahrain GP. Vettel started on the pole and only gave up the lead when he made his first of three pit stops. Kimi Raikkonen, who started 11th, chased down Vettel and challenged him for the lead at the halfway point of the event. Both drivers made their final stops at the same time on lap 40. But Vettel's quicker stop allowed him to build a wide enough gap over Raikkonen to ensure his first win of the season.

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.

Round 5 in this year's F1 world championship is the May 12 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Pastor Maldonado is the defending race winner.

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