F1 | Gp Bahrain – Preview
We can expect a strategic Grand Prix with tires in a leading role. Pirelli will take the Medium, Soft, and Super Soft tires. Teams will have a variegated assortment. Someone has already shown us his possible strategy. In fact, Mercedes will take just a set of Medium tires per driver, and six sets of Soft and Super Soft ones, proving their intention not to use the Medium tires. Instead, at Ferrari, Raikkonen and Vettel will have four sets of Soft (that they will use in qualifying and in the first part of the race) and six sets of Super Soft. Last year, Soft tires had a leading role in this GP, with a two stops strategy. They used Medium tires because so required by the rules.
We are approaching a “real” circuit after the city circuit in Melbourne. Heat will have a key role, even if the race will be at the end of the day, with less torrid temperatures. The brakes will be stressed due to the long straights. It will be interesting to see, beyond the chase of Mercedes, the role of Haas and Toro Rosso that last year achieved the top ten.Today, they can count on a greater reliability and on a Ferrari engine.
Twelve months ago, Sebastian Vettel gave us the first raw, few tenths of seconds from the poleman Hamilton, whereas Raikkonen had his best race, ending in second.
There are a lot of cues to expect an amazing race weekend, starting from Friday with the two rounds of free practice scheduled at 13.00 and 17.00 (Italian time), and Saturday at 14.00 in view of qualifying (17.00). After a lot of criticisms, in Bahrain we’ll have again qualifying with eliminations every 90 seconds.
Friday 1 April
Free practice 1 13:00-14:30
Free practice 2 17:00-18,30
Saturday 2 April
Free practice 14:00-15:00
Sunday 3 April
Race 17:00 ̶ 57 laps