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Formula One - Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

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DATE: Sunday, April 22nd
SITE: Bahrain International Circuit (2004) -- Sakhir, Bahrain
TRACK: 5.411 km (3.195 miles); 15-turn road course
CAPACITY: 50,000
ANNUAL: 8th
TELEVISION: Speed Channel
START TIME: 8 a.m. (ET)
LAPS: 57
MILES: 182.115 (308.238 km)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Fernando Alonso (2010 race)
RUNNER-UP: Felipe Massa
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (Finished 4th)
QUALIFYING RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 minute, 30.252 seconds)
RACE RECORD: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hour, 28 minutes, 34.875 seconds)
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Fernando Alonso36Michael Schumacher7
2Felipe Massa27Jenson Button8
3Lewis Hamilton48Mark Webber6
4Sebastian Vettel19Vitantonio Liuzzi12
5Nico Rosberg510Rubens Barrichello11
2010 Bahrain Grand Prix Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 186.170 k.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 39 minutes, 20.396 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 16.099 seconds
FASTEST LAP: Fernando Alonso, 1:58.287, Lap 45
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Vettel (1:54.101)
Past Bahrain Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Fernando Alonso (3rd) -- Ferrari -- 186.170 k.p.h./1:39:20.396
2009 -- Jenson Button (4th) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 201.301 k.p.h./1:31:48.182
2008 -- Felipe Massa (2nd) -- Ferrari -- 202.974 k.p.h./1:31:06.970
2007 -- Felipe Massa (1st) -- Ferrari -- 197.887 k.p.h./1:33:27.515
2006 -- Fernando Alonso (4th) -- Renault -- 206.018 k.p.h./1:29:46.205
2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1st) -- Renault -- 207.082 k.p.h./1:29:18.531
2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1st) -- Ferrari -- 208.976 k.p.h./1:28:34.875
Past Bahrain Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
2011 -- Not Held
2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 4th
2009 -- Jarno Trulli -- 3rd
2008 -- Robert Kubica -- 3rd
2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 1st
2006 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2nd
2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1st
2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1st
Last Race Results
RACE: Chinese Grand Prix (April 15th)
SITE: Shanghai International Circuit (2004) -- Shanghai, China
LAPS: 56
MILES: 189.568 (305.066 km)
WINNER: Nico Rosberg
RUNNER-UP: Jenson Button
THIRD: Lewis Hamilton
FOURTH: Mark Webber
FIFTH: Sebastian Vettel
POLE WINNER: Nico Rosberg (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 36 minutes, 26.929 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 189.778 k.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 20.626 seconds
Bahrain Grand Prix Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Sebastien Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)Renault/Red Bull
2Mark Webber (Queanbeyan, Australia)Renault/Red Bull
3Jenson Button (Frome, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
4Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)Mercedes/McLaren Vodafone
5 *Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)Ferrari/Scuderia
6Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ferrari/Scuderia
7Michael Schumacher (Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
8Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)Mercedes/AMG Petronas
9Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)Renault/Lotus
10Romain Grosjean (Geneva, Switzerland)Renault/Lotus
11Paul di Resta (Livingston, Scotland)Mercedes/Force India
12Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)Mercedes/Force India
14Kamui Kobayashi (Amagasaki, Japan)Ferrari/Sauber
15Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)Ferrari/Sauber
16Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
17Jean-Eric Vergne (Pontoise, France)Ferrari/Scuderia Toro Rosso
18Pastor Maldonado (Maracay, Venezuela)Renault/Williams
19Bruno Senna (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Renault/Williams
20Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)Renault/Caterham
21Vitaly Petrov (Vyborg, Russia)Renault/Caterham
22Pedro de la Rosa (Barcelona, Spain)Cosworth/HRT
23Narain Karthikeyan (Chennai, India)Cosworth/HRT
24Timo Glock (Lindenfels, Germany)Cosworth/Marussia
25Charles Pic (Montelimar, France)Cosworth/Marussia
 
* - Defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish last eight years)
Driver20042005200620072008200920102011
Fernando Alonso6thWonWon5th10th8thWon---
Lewis Hamilton---------2nd13th4th3rd---
Sebastian Vettel------------22nd2nd4th---
Nico Rosberg------7th10th8th9th5th---
Michael SchumacherWon17th2nd---------6th---
Jenson Button3rd14th4th21st21stWon7th---
Mark Webber8th6th6th17th7th11th8th---
Kimi Raikkonen20th3rd3rd3rd2nd6th------
Sergio Perez------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Bruno Senna - Started in the 14th position and finished 7th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
Darkhorse - Kimi Raikkonen
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Lewis Hamilton) - Finished 3rd
Last Week's Darkhorse (Sergio Perez) - Finished 11th
 
NOTES:
After the race was canceled in 2011, the Bahrain Grand Prix returns to the Formula One schedule this week, as Nico Rosberg attempts to win his second consecutive race. Last week, Rosberg won his first career Formula One title in his 111th start in China.

When this race was last held in 2010, Fernando Alonso raced to victory, as cruised to a whopping 16 seconds victory over Felipe Massa. Pole sitter Jenson Button finished seventh.

Alonso, a two-time F1 champion, benefited from Sebastian Vettel's late-race mishap. Vettel started on the pole and led two-thirds of the 49-lap race, but the Red Bull driver lost power, allowing Alonso to sweep by and take the lead for good. The victory was the first of five titles that year.

Jenson Button won the 2009 running of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Button finished 7.187 seconds ahead of runner-up Vettel for his third victory in the first four grand prix of that season.

Button started fourth on the grid in the scorching desert heat at Bahrain International Circuit, but after a flawless pit strategy in the first round of stops, he moved ahead of Toyota drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, both of whom started on the front row. Button only relinquished the lead one other time, during his final stop, before finishing well ahead of Vettel.

Felipe Massa joined Fernando Alonso as a back-to-back champion of this race in 2008, as Massa defeated Kimi Raikkonen by more than three seconds for his sixth of 11 career F1 titles. Massa dominated the race, as he took the lead off the starting grid and only relinquished the advantage during pit stops.

In 2007, Massa started on the pole and then outdueled Lewis Hamilton to take the checkered flag. He edged Hamilton by 2.3 seconds. Massa became the third and last pole sitter to win there.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an island group located off the central southern shores of the Arabian Gulf between Saudi Arabia's east coast and the Qatar peninsula. The Kingdom comprises some 36 islands, with a total land area about 706 square km. The largest of these is Bahrain island where the capital city, Manama, is situated. Bahrain island is 48 km long from north to south & up to 16 km wide at its maximum point east to west. Bahrain island accounts for nearly 85 percent of the kingdom's total area. The 2004 race was the first ever in the Middle East for Formula One.

In 2006, Alonso made it back-to-back wins, as he defeated Michael Schumacher by less than two seconds. He took the lead after Schumacher pitted with 22 laps to go, and then held it for the remainder of the event.

When Alonso captured the 2005 race, he endured 107-degree heat and finished 13 seconds ahead of Jarno Trulli. Alonso started on the pole and led all but two of the 57 laps.

Schumacher was the first of three pole sitters to win at Bahrain in 2004, when he took the checkered flag for the inaugural grand prix there. Alonso (2005 and Massa (2007) also won the from the pole.

The next Formula One race is the May 13 Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona, Spain. Sebastian Vettel is the defending race winner.

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