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Event Highlights

  • Sebastian Vettel wins the race after Mercedes bungled pit stop.
  • Hamilton takes penalty for delaying Ricciardo in the pit entry.
  • Both Mercedes drivers finish on the podium with Hamilton ahead of Bottas.
  • Stoffel Vandoorne unable to start race due to McLaren Honda power unit issue.
  • Magnussen and Verstappen both retire with mechanical failures.
  • Stroll and Sainz collide to cause safety car period.
  • 18:01

    Two weeks until the next race, which will take place in Russia. Who knows what will happen between now and then, though!

  • 18:00

    Good job by Wehrlein to firstly get to the end of the race, after having previously only run 20 consecutive laps this year. He was 11th, so just outside the points.

  • 18:00

    Lots of retirements, with the Stroll and Sainz crash that has yet to be investigated. It will be interesting to see what comes out of that one. And of course, the less said about McLaren, the better.

  • 17:59

    Behind the main leaders, Felipe Massa did a solid job to pick up points for Williams, with Force India finishing both cars in the points.

  • 17:59

    Another good race for the 2017 season collection. Vettel moves into the lead of the championship and Ferrari have the edge at the moment but the battle with Mercedes is still very much on.

  • 17:55

    QuotePodium interview - Valtteri Bottas: "It was really tricky race for me, struggling with the pace all through the race. The first stint we had a bit of an issue with the tyre pressures, every stint after that it was really intermittent. I was just oversteering all through the race and that’s why the pace was slow. It’s a real shame because the target today was a lot higher. I think this was overall the best weekend for me yet with the team but there is much more to come."

  • 17:55

    QuotePodium interview - Lewis Hamilton: "Firstly congratulations to Sebastian, and a big thank you to Valtteri for being a gentleman out there. The pit lane was my fault so apologies to the team. I tried my hardest to catch up, I gave it everything I could but Ferrari did a great job today. We’re going to gather ourselves and come back fighting. Of course the disappointment is there, losing points for our team is definitely painful but it is what it is. All I can say is I gave it everything I could."

  • 17:54

    QuotePodium interview - Sebastian Vettel: "A really great day. Don’t know what to say. The last half of the inlap with the fireworks, I just love what I do. A really great team effort today. Right after the start, I could just feel we were quick. Really tried to put Valtteri under pressure, he didn’t make any mistakes so it was difficult to get near him. But then we went for the undercut… when the safety car came, I thought ‘not again!’ I think it was lucky because the others were just close to the pit lane, so they couldn’t really benefit. I don’t know, I was a bit surprised when I came out ahead of all of them. Apart from that it was good, the car was amazing to drive. It was a pleasure, I could control the pace at the end. Lewis was a bit of a threat at the end, but it was a good race."

  • 17:47

    TweetTweet from @McLarenF1: Tough weekend for the boys without a finish to show for the huge efforts. Thank you to our fans for your support.

  • 17:46

    The national anthems play out.

  • 17:46

    Hamilton congratulated Vettel, but he does look disappointed with this result.

  • 17:45

    All quiet in the pre-podium green room, big smile on Vettel's face of course.

  • 17:44

    Bahrain's driver of the day has been voted as Sebastian Vettel.

  • 17:43
    Championship Standings
    PosTeamPts
    1Ferrari102
    2Mercedes99
    3Red Bull47
    4Force India17
    5Williams16
  • 17:43
    Championship Standings
    PosDriverPts
    1S Vettel68
    2L Hamilton61
    3V Bottas38
    4K Räikkönen34
    5M Verstappen25
  • 17:42

    Grosjean picks up his first points of the season there, and adds to Haas's total.

  • 17:41
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    12S Vettel2
    20L Hamilton2
    3-2V Bottas2
    41K Räikkönen2
    5-1D Ricciardo2
    62F Massa2
    711S Pérez2
    81R Grosjean2
    9-2N Hülkenberg2
    104E Ocon2
  • 17:39
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET1:35.048
    2ndHAM+6.660
    3rdBOT+20.397
    4thRAI+22.475
  • 17:38

    Fireworks erupt above the track as Hamilton and Bottas cross the line for a double Mercedes podium.

  • 17:38

    Chequered flagSebastian Vettel wins the Bahrain Grand Prix!

  • 17:37 Lap 57

    TweetTweet from @svandoorne: Going for a run, you guys up to anything this Sunday?

    Poor Stoffel!

  • 17:36 Lap 57

    Final lap of the race. There's still racing going on with Wehrlein muscling his way through a corner to defend from Daniil Kvyat.

  • 17:35 Lap 56

    And there he goes, the McLaren heads into the pit lane for a disappointing end to a feisty race.

  • 17:34 Lap 55

    Team radioTeam radio from Fernando Alonso: "Engine problem. Box. Now."

  • 17:33 Lap 55

    Alonso has slowed right down, and is now running off the racing line. It so looked like that car was going to get to the end!

  • 17:32 Lap 54

    Vettel makes his way past Alonso and Wehrlein as he clears more backmarkers. And behind him, Hamilton closes up to the rear of that train of cars.

  • 17:30 Lap 53

    Five laps to go.

  • 17:30 Lap 53

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 17:30 Lap 53
    Recent Lap Times
    L Hamilton
    Lap 431:32.962
    Lap 441:32.887
    Lap 451:32.922
    Lap 461:32.798
    Lap 471:33.592
    Lap 481:33.532
    Lap 491:33.037
    Lap 501:33.348
    Lap 511:33.332
    Lap 521:33.375
  • 17:29 Lap 53

    Ericsson reports gearbox failure, and the marshals hurry alongside to recover the Sauber.

  • 17:29 Lap 52

    Yellow flagYellow flags.

  • 17:29 Lap 52

    Marcus Ericsson has slowed to an absolute crawl, pulls the Sauber off track and comes to a halt.

  • 17:27 Lap 51

    Hamilton now has the traffic ahead of him. He's got two cars to pass, Vettel is coming up on another three backmarkers.

  • 17:26 Lap 50

    The gap's down to ten seconds now, and Hamilton is getting constant motivational messages from the pit wall. Just seven laps to go now.

  • 17:23 Lap 49

    Vettel is catching backmarkers now, as Hamilton looks to close down the 12 seconds gap to the race leader. He's taken his five second penalty now, so that's the genuine time to beat.

  • 17:22 Lap 48

    Bottas was instructed not to hold up his teammate but the Finn had no choice whatsoever as Hamilton dived to the inside and easily took the position.

  • 17:21 Lap 47

    Team radioTeam radio to Lewis Hamilton: "You've got the pace to win this."

  • 17:20 Lap 47

    One lap later and another two seconds has gone between Hamilton and Bottas.

  • 17:19 Lap 46

    TweetTweet from @HaasF1Team: 'This pace is very good, very good lap,' radio message to @RGrosjean from his engineer. P8 - 13 laps to go.

  • 17:19 Lap 46

    Hamilton has slashed the gap to Bottas, just four seconds between the Mercedes teammates now.

  • 17:18 Lap 45

    Wehrlein is in 11th place, just outside the points. He's doing a great job, considering its his first full race distance of the year. Teammate Ericsson is down in 14th.

  • 17:16 Lap 44

    Hamilton questions why he's been given soft tyres again when there's so few laps remaining, the supersofts would last well. He's told that it's all based on data though.

  • 17:14 Lap 43

    Bottas has about ten seconds on Hamilton, but with 14 laps to go, there's plenty of time for Lewis to catch him up. Will he get past naturally, will Mercedes intervene?

  • 17:14 Lap 42

    StopwatchFastest lap of the race so far for Daniel Ricciardo - 1:33.748.

  • 17:13 Lap 42
    Speed Trap
    DriverTeamSpeed (km/h)
    L HamiltonMercedes331.7
    V BottasMercedes331.6
    S PérezForce India331.5
    E OconForce India330.0
    L StrollWilliams329.4
  • 17:13 Lap 42

    Bottas has already swept through for second place, and Hamilton rejoins in third ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.

  • 17:12 Lap 42

    In he goes, Hamilton relinquishes the lead to Vettel as he takes his five second penalty and then his pit stop.

  • 17:11 Lap 41

    Mercedes mechanics are prepping, and Hamilton is getting instructions on the radio, he is coming in for another pit stop soon.

  • 17:11 Lap 41
    Battle for 10th
    PosDriverGap
    1HUL-
    2OCO+1.397
    3WEH+0.718
  • 17:10 Lap 40

    Ricciardo dives into the pit lane for his final stop, no Hamilton ahead of him to block his path this time. Red supersofts going on that Red Bull.

  • 17:08 Lap 39

    Team radioTeam radio to Fernando Alonso: "We're considering Plan B, how are the tyres?"

    "Do whatever you, man."

  • 17:08 Lap 39

    Vettel has closed the gap to 12 seconds now, with Lewis Hamilton still leading.

  • 17:06 Lap 38
    Driver Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamFerrari
    Position2
    Started3
    Stops2
    Last lap1:34.291
    Best lap1:33.826
  • 17:06 Lap 38

    Kimi Räikkönen comes into the pit lane after some very angsty radio messages to the team.

  • 17:06 Lap 38

    StopwatchFastest lap of the race so far for Sebastian Vettel - 1:34.291.

  • 17:05 Lap 37

    Fernando Alonso also pits.

  • 17:05 Lap 37

    A pit stop for former teammates Sergio Pérez and Nico Hülkenberg in the Force India and Renault respectively.

  • 17:05 Lap 37

    Easily passed the Red Bull, Bottas moves past for fourth.

  • 17:04 Lap 36

    Valtteri Bottas is now within a second of Ricciardo's Red Bull. That's fourth place up for grabs for the polesitter.

  • 17:03 Lap 36

    Fifteen seconds for Vettel to close the gap to Hamilton. We still don't know if Hamilton has to stop again yet, and there's five seconds hanging over everybody's heads too.

  • 17:03 Lap 36

    There he goes, down the main straight Vettel tootles along past his teammate and moves into second place.

  • 17:03 Lap 35

    Lewis Hamilton is leading the race now, with Kimi Räikkönen behind him. Vettel has closed up behind his teammate and there's no chance that's going to remain the order for long.

  • 17:02 Lap 35

    Romain Grosjean passes Wehrlein to move into 13th place, which puts both the Sauber drivers last of the remaining runners.

  • 17:01 Lap 34
    Inter-Team Battle
    Renault
    N Hülkenberg8th
    J Palmer12th
  • 17:00 Lap 34

    Behind them, Bottas gets past Massa to move into third place, and he sets the fastest lap of the race so far - 1:34.087.

  • 17:00 Lap 34
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverS Vettel
    TeamFerrari
    Pit lane24.314s
    Stopped2.7s
  • 17:00 Lap 34

    He does it! Vettel squeezes out of the pit lane just in front of Ricciardo, as planned.

  • 16:59 Lap 34

    After complaining about tyres, Vettel dives in to the pit lane.

  • 16:59 Lap 34

    Sebastian Vettel is pushing hard to create a gap, he needs to come out of his second pit stop ahead of Ricciardo and behind his teammate (who would help him).

  • 16:58 Lap 33

    There he goes, super quick and easy pass for Bottas to move into sixth place.

  • 16:58 Lap 33

    Bottas has the pink Force India of Sergio Pérez in front of him, he needs to get past as soon as he can.

  • 16:57 Lap 32

    Romain Grosjean takes his second stop, yellow tyres bolted on to see the sole remaining Haas driver to the end of the race.

  • 16:57 Lap 32

    Lest we forget, Hamilton has a five second penalty to be added either at a pit stop or to his time at the end of the race. So whatever he's aiming for, he needs to be five seconds ahead of those behind him.

  • 16:56 Lap 32

    Five seconds split the race leader Sebastian Vettel from second place Lewis Hamilton.

  • 16:56 Lap 31

    A much better stop from the Mercedes crew that time round, and Bottas returns in seventh place.

  • 16:55 Lap 31
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverV Bottas
    TeamMercedes
    Pit lane24.540s
    Stopped2.7s
  • 16:55 Lap 31

    Valtteri Bottas has made his second pit stop of the afternoon, soft tyres going on the Mercedes.

  • 16:54 Lap 30

    Palmer and Kvyat bang wheels and Alonso moves alongside the Renault, and eventually outdrags Palmer for 12th place.

  • 16:53 Lap 29

    Team radioTeam radio to Sebastian Vettel: "Keep your head down, this is an important phase of the race. Stay focused."

  • 16:52 Lap 29

    Palmer, Kvyat and Alonso are still all wrestling with each other.

  • 16:52 Lap 29

    It was a late move for Ricciardo, but he swept to the side of the Williams and moved ahead. Massa tried to get it back but didn't quite have the heart to commit and allows the Red Bull to scamper ahead.

  • 16:51 Lap 29

    Massa now has a Red Bull in his wing mirrors, with Daniel Ricciardo closing the gap to the Williams.

  • 16:50 Lap 28

    TweetTweet from @andrewbensonf1: Mercedes confirm Bottas instructed to let Hamilton through. Obviously realising victory was being put in jeopardy

  • 16:49 Lap 27
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stVET--
    2ndHAM+6.399
    3rdBOT+7.806
    4thRAI+14.135
    5thMAS+17.902
  • 16:48 Lap 27

    Hamilton has caught up to Bottas again, and what looks like an instruction from the team allows Lewis to get past and move into second place.

  • 16:47 Lap 26

    Despite a lack of power, Alonso is still hustling Kvyat, whose car is spewing brake dust at every corner.

  • 16:46 Lap 25

    Kvyat made a move to get past Palmer but the Renault went back in front but not without clipping the rear wing of the Toro Rosso. Some endplate went flying.

  • 16:45 Lap 25

    Team radioTeam radio from Fernando Alonso: "I've never raced with less power in my life."

  • 16:45 Lap 25

    We've missed something going on in the midfield, as Alonso is back behind Palmer again. Palmer passes Daniil Kvyat and Alonso is now looking for an opportunity to pass the Toro Rosso.

  • 16:44 Lap 24

    Kimi passes Felipe for the second time today. He's off into the distance already.

  • 16:43 Lap 23

    All eyes on Räikkönen again, as he is still following along behind that Williams looking for any opportunity. Runs wide and locks up, drops back. Catches up. Ebbs and flows.

  • 16:41 Lap 22

    Bottas is on the softer tyre, and Hamilton has reported that he can't catch his teammate anyway.

  • 16:41 Lap 22

    A Ferrari radio message suggests the Mercedes pair will swap positions on track - Bottas effectively letting Hamilton past. Hamilton is on the yellow sidewalls, and therefore doesn't have to stop again (but probably will have to).

  • 16:40 Lap 21

    Race controlTurn 1 incident involving Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz will be investigated after the race.

  • 16:39 Lap 20

    Race control5 second time penalty for Lewis Hamilton - driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit entry.

  • 16:38 Lap 20

    Both Palmer and Ericsson aren't happy with Alonso's progress and are jinking about behind the McLaren. Palmer gets past Ericsson too, and the Sauber has dropped into the clutches of Kvyat and teammate Wehrlein.

  • 16:37 Lap 20

    Alonso is on a charge, moving past Marcus Ericsson in the Sauber and immediately creating a gap behind him.

  • 16:37 Lap 19

    Weather icon

    24°C
    Track29°C
    Humidity64%
    Wind speed2.5mps
  • 16:36 Lap 19

    Romain Grosjean is reporting a lack of power, the pit wall are checking.

  • 16:36 Lap 19

    Also, Sergio Pérez did a great job/lucked in to move up 11 places into the top ten.

  • 16:36 Lap 19

    Räikkönen is back behind Massa again, which will be frustrating for the Finn.

  • 16:36 Lap 18
    Driver Positions
    PosDriverStops
    12S Vettel1
    2-1V Bottas1
    3-1L Hamilton1
    44F Massa1
    50K Räikkönen1
    6-2D Ricciardo1
    711S Pérez1
    8-1N Hülkenberg1
    90R Grosjean1
    104E Ocon1
  • 16:35 Lap 18

    Fernando Alonso pulls alongside the Renault of Jolyon Palmer, he pushes and pushes and eventually makes it stick. A McLaren just overtook something!

  • 16:34 Lap 18

    Team radioTeam radio to Daniel Ricciardo: "Keep it together, these tyres will come good."

  • 16:34 Lap 17

    Räikkönen moves past a sliding Ricciardo, it seems the Ferrari pair are really good at warming up their tyres quickly.

  • 16:33 Lap 17

    Vettel has taken a mini lead now, breaking free by a second.

  • 16:33 Lap 17

    Bottas has zoomed up alongside the Ferrari, looking to challenge Vettel for his lead, but he runs wide and has to drop back.

  • 16:33 Lap 17

    Hamilton just overtook Ricciardo like he was standing still, that work in the pit lane was pointless!

  • 16:32 Lap 17

    Green flagTrack is clear.

  • 16:32 Lap 16

    Race controlTurn 1 incident involving Sainz and Stroll noted.

  • 16:31 Lap 16

    Lots of weaving around on track behind the safety car as drivers desperately try to keep temperature in their tyres.

  • 16:30 Lap 16

    Replays of the Hamilton/Ricciardo incident show that Hamilton slowed right down and was holding up the Red Bull. Ricciardo tried to go round and of course eventually Hamilton jinked off to his own pit box.

  • 16:29 Lap 15

    The safety car period should have been bad luck for Vettel, as he had just pitted and missed out on the free pit stop. However, as both the Mercedes stops were relatively slow, he might have lucked into retaining the advantage.

  • 16:28 Lap 15

    Race controlPit entry incident involving Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo under investigation.

  • 16:27 Lap 14

    Replays show Sainz comes out of the pits and heads straight into the side of Stroll, who didn't appear to know there was a Toro Rosso there. Sainz bashed into the side of the Williams, and both are now out of the race.

  • 16:27 Lap 14
    Pit Stop Analysis
    DriverV Bottas
    TeamMercedes
    Pit lane28.368s
    Stopped6.2s
  • 16:25 Lap 14

    Lots of others piling into the pit lane behind, taking the opportunity behind the safety car.

  • 16:25 Lap 14

    Bottas comes into the pit lane, and Hamilton stacks up behind him. Really slow stop from Mercedes to delay both drivers.

  • 16:25 Lap 13

    Sainz is parked up at the side of the road, it looks like he was involved in the Stroll incident.

  • 16:24 Lap 13

    Race controlSafety car deployed.

  • 16:24 Lap 13

    AccidentStroll has stopped on track with debris scattered behind him.

  • 16:24 Lap 13

    Verstappen is out of the car, visibly frustrated as he kicks out at the barrier and rips off his gloves in disappointment.

  • 16:23 Lap 13

    A slower stop for Kimi Räikkönen, who came into the pit lane for his first stop of the day.

  • 16:23 Lap 13

    "Brakes failed, gahhhhh." Verstappen reports.

  • 16:23 Lap 12

    AccidentMax Verstappen has ended up in the barriers. Locked up at the corner on cold tyres, rumbled across the gravel and tapped into the barrier.

  • 16:22 Lap 12

    TweetTweet from @WilliamsRacing: L11: With the new soft tyres bolted to the car, Lance sets the fastest lap of the race!

  • 16:22 Lap 12

    Ocon and Wehrlein have both also come in for pit stops.

  • 16:21 Lap 12

    And as suggested, Verstappen does come into the pit lane for his own super quick stop. More red stripes on the Red Bull.

  • 16:20 Lap 11

    Team radioTeam radio from Verstappen: "I think we need to do something as well, like Ferrari."

  • 16:20 Lap 11

    Because the field is so close together, Vettel has returned in 12th place.

  • 16:20 Lap 11

    Vettel dives in for an early pit stop, sacrificing second place to bolt on another set of supersoft tyres.

  • 16:19 Lap 10

    More Bottas radio reports that the tyre pressures are higher than anticipated, the engineer says it is a problem but they're aware.

  • 16:18 Lap 10

    Yellow flagYellow flags as Kevin Magnussen has pulled off track and parked up his Haas.

  • 16:17 Lap 9

    Team radioTeam radio from Max Verstappen: "We are quicker than them but I get stuck."

  • 16:17 Lap 9

    Lance Stroll has come in for an early pit stop, after picking up a flat spot at some point in the opening nine laps.

  • 16:17 Lap 9
    Gap Analysis
    PosDriverGap
    1stBOT1:37.074
    2ndVET+0.320
    3rdHAM+1.444
    4thVER+1.832
    5thRIC+2.632
  • 16:15 Lap 8

    Räikkönen finally gets an opportunity to pass Massa, moving up and alongside down the main straight and taking the position before the first corner.

  • 16:14 Lap 7

    Close up TV shots show the dirty air being thrown off the back of Bottas' Mercedes, but the Ferrari is still there, staying in range.

  • 16:13 Lap 6

    Vettel is still within half a second of the race leader but can't find a way past yet.

  • 16:13 Lap 6

    Bottas is warned that he's getting a little bit of overheating but nothing significant. He's running in clean air at the front, so that's concerning.

  • 16:12 Lap 6

    Team radioTeam radio to Daniel Ricciardo: "Okay mate, so pace at the front is very stable... it's not really opening up much."

  • 16:10 Lap 5

    Kimi runs wide on the final corner, kicking up some dust, as he looks for a way past a superbly wide Williams.

  • 16:09 Lap 4

    Both the Ferrari drivers are in the hunt for an overtake, with Vettel close to Bottas but unable to make a move. Räikkönen is fidgeting about behind Massa, looking to regain sixth place.

  • 16:08 Lap 3

    Race controlDRS enabled.

  • 16:08 Lap 3

    TweetTweet from @ForceIndiaF1: Busy first lap with both our boys moving forward. Esteban ends lap one in P10 and Sergio up in P13.

  • 16:08 Lap 3
    Battle for 1st
    PosDriverGap
    1BOT-
    2VET+0.738
    3HAM+1.537
    4VER+2.044
  • 16:07 Lap 3

    The top five drivers are all within one second of each other, we're only three laps in but normally field spread would already be hitting.

  • 16:06 Lap 2

    Wehrlein has dropped from his 13th place grid position down to 17th, so a poor start for him there.

  • 16:05 Lap 2

    The Mercedes cars now look like they're up to speed, it took them a whole lap to look comfortable.

  • 16:05 Lap 2

    The two Toro Rosso drivers are side by side as well, but then Kvyat ran well wide and dropped back down to 18th place.

  • 16:05 Lap 1

    Vettel is looking racy and clinging to the tail of Bottas during this first lap.

  • 16:04 Lap 1

    Räikkönen has dropped two places, whilst behind him cars are running three wide to pick up those last places in the top ten.

  • 16:04 Lap 1

    A clean start through the rest of the field and there are sparks flying off the cars already.

  • 16:04 Lap 1

    Hamilton was turned towards Bottas, but moves away from him off the line. Bottas leads cleanly away, as Vettel gets past Hamilton round the first corner.

  • 16:03

    Green flagRace started.

  • 16:03

    Bottas pulls to a stop at the front grid slot and the rest of the field piles in behind, lining up neatly for the start.

  • 16:02

    It's a lot darker now, with the floodlighting already making a significant difference.

  • 16:01

    TweetTweet from @MercedesAMGF1: Here we go... Got that feeling yet? That tingle at the bottom of your stomach. #BahrainGP is coming up

  • 16:00

    Valtteri Bottas leads the field away from his first ever pole position slot, one full formation lap coming right up.

  • 15:58

    The grid is clearing, just mechanics left ready to whip off the tyre blankets ahead of the formation lap.

  • 15:58

    All drivers look set to start on the supersoft red striped tyres, with only Marcus Ericsson starting on the yellow softs.

  • 15:56

    Pascal Wehrlein qualified in 13th place, a good performance considering he's missed two rounds of the season so far. This will be his debut race for the Sauber team.

  • 15:53
    Medium tyreMedium
    Soft tyreSoft
    Supersoft tyreSupersoft

    Three middle of the road compounds available for drivers today.

  • 15:51

    So the national anthems have played and the drivers are now making their way into the cockpits of their various cars. Last minute checks and preparations for everyone, with just under ten minutes to go.

  • 15:50

    TweetTweet from @McLarenF1: Sunset is fast approaching. The floodlights are on, the grandstands are filling up.

  • 15:48

    TweetTweet from @RachelBrookesTV: Stoffel not racing, car back in Fernando's side of garage - same PU problem as yesterday

  • 15:47

    TweetTweet from @RenaultSportF1: Jo on the grid.

  • 15:45

    QuoteMark Webber managed to extract just a few words from Kimi Räikkönen on the grid: "It’s gonna be a tricky race with all the wind and everything."

  • 15:45

    QuoteFernando Alonso on the grid: "Stoffel, I understand that he will not even start the race, with engine problems, definitely not the best weekend so far. Hopefully we can do a good start, and we can fight while the car is still alive."

  • 15:45

    Stoffel Vandoorne appears to have yet more issues on his McLaren, and will either start from the pit lane or not even make the start of the race.

  • 15:38

    Team radioTeam radio to Romain Grosjean: "Okay to go to the grid. P9, left hand side."

  • 15:37

    The wind is blowing pretty well at the Sakhir circuit, with Sebastian Vettel getting a warning from his engineer to watch out for it as he makes his way to the grid. The race starts in the daylight but soon the sun will set and the floodlighting will take over.

  • 15:36

    Weather icon

    25°C
    Track31°C
    Humidity57%
    Wind speed4.2mps
  • 15:35

    Magnussen starts from the very rear of the field. Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso are also towards the back of the grid, and it's a surprise to see both the Force India cars down there too, with Esteban Ocon the highest placed in 14th, and Sergio Pérez way down in 18th place.

  • 15:34

    TweetTweet from @KevinMagnussen: Ready for today! We have lot's of overtaking to be done

  • 15:33
    Bahrain circuit map
  • 15:33

    Renault did well to get both drivers into the top ten, with Jolyon Palmer making his first Q3 appearance ever!

  • 15:33
    Starting grid
    1V BottasMercedes
    2L HamiltonMercedes
    3S VettelFerrari
    4D RicciardoRed Bull
    5K RäikkönenFerrari
    6M VerstappenRed Bull
    7N HülkenbergRenault
    8F MassaWilliams
    9R GrosjeanHaas
    10J PalmerRenault
  • 15:31

    The Finn sneaked into pole position by less than a tenth of a second yesterday, after a close fight for the first spot on the grid.

  • 15:31

    So far this year, we've had Sebastian Vettel winning a race, and Lewis Hamilton taking his turn on the top step of the podium. This weekend so far appears to be leaning more towards Mercedes, but Valtteri Bottas isn't letting Lewis have it all his own way.

  • 15:30
    Circuit Data
    Bahrain International Circuit
    Local timezone+03:00 GMT
    First race2004
    Number of laps57
    Circuit length5.412km
    Race distance308.238km
    Start offset0.246km
  • 15:30

    This is the second of back-to-back races, with the Chinese outing just seven days ago. This time, we're in the desert for Bahrain's night race extravaganza.

  • 15:30

    Hello F1 friends, you've turned up just in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix, how fortunate!