After the rain-filled drama in Turkey, the buzz of Formula 1 continues with the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix. The circuit in Sakhir is popular with drivers as it facilitates overtaking maneuvers. So, what sort of racing action can the fans expect going into the race weekend?
The track which is 5.4 km long features 15 turns and hosted its first race in 2004. Since then, this race has been a consistent fixture in the Formula 1 calendar. To celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2014, the FIA turned it into a night race. And boy, that was an instant classic with Hamilton-Rosberg battling for the lead.
Though the dominant Mercedes long wrapped up the Constructor’s Championship, the battle in mid-field is still going strong. From the Racing Point in third to Ferrari all the way down in sixth place, the difference is just 24 points.
Racing Point has had an up and down season with accusations of ‘copying’ the 2019 Mercedes following them around. They would probably just love to silence those calling them ‘Tracing Point’ by claiming third. The likes of McLaren and Renault will also look to finish third for the first time in the Turbo-Hybrid era.
However, the team with the best record in Bahrain is Ferrari with its driver, Sebastian Vettel, also having the most wins. Can they repeat that feat? It seems unlikely. However, they still would want to salvage their reputation by clinching third. Though it won’t hide their shortcomings this season, it will provide them with some optimism.
Admittedly, clinching this won’t earn the drivers a trophy. However, bragging rights and prestige are important too. The likes of Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, and Daniel Ricciardo are separated by just four points. Fans will have to wait and see which one of them will march ahead the others to grab ‘Best of the Rest’ honors.
Lewis Hamilton is breaking records, day in and day out, like they are piñatas. After equaling Michael Schumacher‘s title record in Turkey, he has the opportunity to equal another one of his records in Bahrain. If he wins, he will be on course to 13 race wins in a calendar year, tying him with Schumacher and Vettel.
This race sets the stage for another exciting race weekend for F1 fans. Hopefully, Bahrain will bring us more storylines to recall in the future.