Grand Prix 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Qualifying & Race Discussion

So both Championships are now decided. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes Benz are setting new standards by which F1 teams and drivers will be measured in the coming years. Despite this, the calendar is not yet complete and we move on to that bastion of freedom and equality, Bahrain. This race was postponed from March and should have followed Australia, but like so many things COVID intervened. Now we will have a double header on the Sakhir circuit as rounds 15 and 16 are scheduled to take place on consecutive weekends. However, unlike the other double headers this year we have two different circuit layouts to look forward to.

As with previous races in Bahrain the track action will start at twilight and run in to the night around a floodlit track. Pirelli are supplying the C2, C3 and C4 tyre compounds. I suspect they may find some more grip from these at this circuit than they did in Turkey. But wait, what's this? There is rain forecast Saturday practice and qualifying! Yes, seriously - Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix | Realtime Weather & Forecasts

There have been occasions when having won the title Lewis Hamilton has backed off. In 2015 Nico Rosberg won the last three races of the season, with Lewis having taken the title, and used this as a springboard to win the title himself in 2016. Lewis Hamilton 2020 is, however, a different person. His teammate is nowhere near the same standard as Rosberg, and Hamilton's focus is at a different level compared to the 2015 version.

Some happy facts to help you enjoy the event. If you live in Bahrain you can go to prison for sending out a tweet criticising the race. The families of those who oppose the regime in exile are often imprisoned and tortured. Despite 70% of the population being Shiite Muslim nearly all senior positions in Government and the military are held by Sunni Muslims. Bahrain is 142 out of 180 in the global press freedom ranking with journalist who oppose the regime often jailed and tortured. Put simply, if you are a male Sunni Muslim living in Bahrain it's a great place to live. For anyone else, it's a bit shit.

Enjoy
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
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Fun fact part 2.

In 2018, HMS Jufair, was officially opened by the Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamed Al Khalifa and Prince Andrew.

This marked the first time a British Royal Naval Base had been opened overseas, other than small administrative sites, since before World War 2.
 

gethinceri

Lance Stroll Fan. Alfa Romeo Fan.
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Fun fact part 2.

In 2018, HMS Jufair, was officially opened by the Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamed Al Khalifa and Prince Andrew.

This marked the first time a British Royal Naval Base had been opened overseas, other than small administrative sites, since before World War 2.
pair of ****s
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
it is going to be interesting to see how lewis perfroms in the final 3 races because he does have a track record of not winning races after he won the title & some times has a drop off
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
But then we wouldn't have a "defence" industry...

Back to the race, how much does Lewis want to break the final threads holding Bottas' spirit together? Another pummelling this weekend and you wonder how he can keep going.
 

F1Brits_90

Champion Elect
intresesting in FP1, verstappen's issues in turkey werent known until they broke the car down in the garage that when they went from wets to inters reason for the lack of pace is person who in charge of electronic devise for "turns" of wings. had put +2 on 1 side & -2 on the other
 

Il_leone

Champion Elect
I think Albon needs to finish in the top 4 each race to stand a chance. However their management of drivers is creating problems for them so really they dont have any sympathy
 
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