2013 Bahrain Grand Prix

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[F1] Hamilton Finishes 5th, Rosberg 9th in Bahrain GP

Nico Rosberg failed to convert his second career pole into a victory Sunday, encountering pressure from those behind him right from the get-go of the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix. He ended up finishing in P9, while Lewis Hamilton started from that spot and managed to move up to finish 5th with some superb driving throughout the race. Sebastian Vettel won the race, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Romain Grosjean. It was clear that Rosberg’s car lacked the pace to keep up with the other contenders at the Sakhir circuit. His strong driving managed to keep his pursuers at bay early, but he all but lost the race lead by… Continue Reading »


[F1] Rosberg Takes Pole Position in Bahrain GP

After some considerable setbacks to start the 2013 Formula One season, Nico Rosberg looks ready to get back on track. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver took pole in the qualifying session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, securing only the second pole of his career and marking the first time in four races that he managed to post a better result than teammate Lewis Hamilton, who actually qualified at P4 but had to take a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Rosberg will be joined in the front row by defending champion Sebastian Vettel, with Fernando Alonso right behind him joined by teammate Felipe Massa. Massa moved up because… Continue Reading »


[F1] Mercedes with Mixed Performance in First Two Practices

The Bahrain Grand Prix might be too hot for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team, as the team struggled with their tires and setups at the scorching Sakhir circuit. Nico Roberg had the third-fastest lap time in the first free practice, with his 1:34.621 close to the leading Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Lewis Hamilton was a distant 13th, with 1:35.611. Track temperatures in FP1 went as high as 45 degrees Celsius, while ambient temperatures peaked at 34 degrees. Rosberg’s 1:34.666 was good for eighth in the second practice, which featured track temperatures between 39-41 degrees Celsius, while Hamilton took tenth with 1:34.976. Hamilton said the team just… Continue Reading »


Mercedes F1 Team Gears Up for Bahrain GP

Being one of the most demanding races on the Formula One calendar, the Bahrain Grand Prix is seen as a big test for the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. With four different 300-plus kph sections, eight braking locations, and 11 of the 15 corners being taken at 200 kph or less and in fourth gear or lower, it truly is a challenge–one that Mercedes must hurdle to prove it is capable of true contention. Lewis Hamilton is in the thick of things as far as the drivers’ standings go, right now at fourth place but very much within striking distance. “The Bahrain circuit is a real challenge, particularly for the… Continue Reading »


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