Formula One

 
                *** Formula One - Bahrain Grand Prix Preview ***
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 Date: Sunday, April 19
 Site: Bahrain International Circuit -- Sakhir, Bahrain
 Track: 5.412 km (3.195 miles); 15-turn road course
 Capacity: 100,000+
 Annual: 11th
 Television: NBC Sports Network
 Start Time: 11 a.m. ET
 Qualifying Time: Saturday, April 18/11 a.m. ET (TV: NBC Sports Network)
 Laps: 57
 Miles: 182.115 (308.238 km)
 Defending Champion: Lewis Hamilton
 Runner-up: Nico Rosberg
 Pole Winner: Nico Rosberg (finished 2)
 Qualifying Record: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 min., 30.139 secs.)
 Race Record: Michael Schumacher, 2004 (1 hr., 28 mins., 34.875 secs.)
 
                                  2014 Finish
                                  -----------
 
 Finish  Driver               Start          Finish  Driver               Start
 ------  ------               -----          ------  ------               -----
   1     Lewis Hamilton          2             6     Sebastian Vettel       10
   2     Nico Rosberg            1             7     Felipe Massa            7
   3     Sergio Perez            4             8     Valtteri Bottas         3
   4     Daniel Ricciardo       13             9     Fernando Alonso         9
   5     Nico Hulkenberg        11            10     Kimi Raikkonen          5
 
                   2014 Bahrain Grand Prix Facts and Figures
                   -----------------------------------------
 
 Average Speed: 185.476 kph
 Time of Race: 1 hr., 39 mins., 42.743 secs.
 Margin of Victory: 1.085 secs.
 Cars Running At Finish: 17
 Cars On Lead Lap: 15
 Fastest Lap: Nico Rosberg, 1:37.020, Lap 49
 Pole Winner: Nico Rosberg (1:33.185)
 
        Past Bahrain Grand Prix Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
        ----------------------------------------------------------------
 
 2014 -- Lewis Hamilton (2) -- Mercedes -- 185.476 kph/1:39:42.743
 2013 -- Sebastian Vettel (2) -- Red Bull Renault -- 192.632 mph/1:36:0.498
 2012 -- Sebastian Vettel (1) -- Red Bull Renault -- 194.301 kph/1:35.10.990
 2011 -- Not Held
 2010 -- Fernando Alonso (3) -- Ferrari -- 186.170 kph/1:39:20.396
 2009 -- Jenson Button (4) -- Brawn-Mercedes -- 201.301 kph/1:31:48.182
 2008 -- Felipe Massa (2) -- Ferrari -- 202.974 kph/1:31:06.970
 2007 -- Felipe Massa (1) -- Ferrari -- 197.887 kph/1:33:27.515
 2006 -- Fernando Alonso (4) -- Renault -- 206.018 kph/1:29:46.205
 2005 -- Fernando Alonso (1) -- Renault -- 207.082 kph/1:29:18.531
 2004 -- Michael Schumacher (1) -- Ferrari -- 208.976 kph/1:28:34.875
 
              Past Bahrain Grand Prix Pole Winners (Finish)
              ---------------------------------------------
 
 2014 -- Nico Rosberg -- 2
 2013 -- Nico Rosberg -- 9
 2012 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 1
 2011 -- Not Held
 2010 -- Sebastian Vettel -- 4
 2009 -- Jarno Trulli -- 3
 2008 -- Robert Kubica -- 3
 2007 -- Felipe Massa -- 1
 2006 -- Michael Schumacher -- 2
 2005 -- Fernando Alonso -- 1
 2004 -- Michael Schumacher -- 1
 
                               Last Race Results
                               -----------------
 
 Race: Chinese Grand Prix (April 12)
 Site: Shanghai Audi International Circuit -- Shanghai, China
 Laps: 56
 Miles: 189.568 (305.066 km)
 Winner: Lewis Hamilton
 Second: Nico Rosberg
 Third: Sebastian Vettel
 Fourth: Kimi Raikkonen
 Fifth: Felipe Massa
 Pole Winner: Lewis Hamilton (finished 1)
 Time of Race: 1 hr., 39 mins., 42.008 secs.
 Average Speed: 183.590 kph
 Margin of Victory: 0.714 secs. (race finished under the safety car)
 
                         Bahrain Grand Prix Entry List
                         -----------------------------
 
 Car  Driver, Hometown                      Car/Name
 ---  ----------------                      --------
   3  Daniel Ricciardo (Perth, Australia)   Red Bull Racing-Renault
   5  Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim, Germ)   Ferrari
   6  Nico Rosberg (Wiesbaden, Germany)     Mercedes
   7  Kimi Raikkonen (Espoo, Finland)       Ferrari
   8  Romain Grosjean (Geneva,Switzerland)  Lotus-Mercedes
   9  Marcus Ericsson (Kumla, Sweden)       Sauber-Ferrari
  11  Sergio Perez (Guadalajara, Mexico)    Force India-Mercedes
  12  Felipe Nasr (Brasilia, Brazil)        Sauber-Ferrari
  13  Pastor Maldonado (Maracay,Venezuela)  Lotus-Mercedes
  14  Fernando Alonso (Oviedo, Spain)       McLaren-Honda
  19  Felipe Massa (Sao Paulo, Brazil)      Williams-Mercedes
  22  Jenson Button (Frome, England)        McLaren-Honda
  26  Daniil Kvyat (Bashkortostan, Russia)  Red Bull Racing-Renault
  27  Nico Hulkenberg (Emmerich, Germany)   Force India-Mercedes
  28  Will Stevens (Rochford, England)      Marussia-Ferrari
  33  Max Verstappen (Hasselt, Belgium)     Toro Rosso-Renault
  44 *Lewis Hamilton (Stevenage, England)   Mercedes
  55  Carlos Sainz Jr. (Madrid, Spain)      Toro Ross-Renault
  77  Valtteri Bottas (Nastola, Finland)    Williams-Mercedes
  98  Roberto Merhi (Castellon, Spain)       Marussia-Ferrari
 
 * - Defending champion.
 
                  Leading Contenders (Finish last nine years)
                  -------------------------------------------
 
 Driver               2006  2007  2008  2009  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014
 ------               ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----  ----
 Lewis Hamilton       ---     2    13     4     3   ---     8     5   Won
 Nico Rosberg           7    10     8     9     5   ---     5     9     2
 Sergio Perez         ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---    11     6     3
 Daniel Ricciardo     ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---    15    16     4
 Nico Hulkenberg      ---   ---   ---   ---    14   ---    12    12     5
 Sebastian Vettel     ---   ---   Ret     2     4   ---   Won   Won     6
 Felipe Massa           9   Won   Won    14     2   ---     9    15     7
 Valtteri Bottas      ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---   ---    14     8
 Fernando Alonso      Won     5    10     8   Won   ---      7    8     9
 Kimi Raikkonen         3     3     2     6   ---   ---      2    2    10
 Jenson Button          4   Ret   Ret   Won     7   ---     18   10    17
 
 Mover of the Week
 -----------------
 Fernando Alonso        - started 18 and finished 12
 
 Sports Network Selections
 -------------------------
 Pick to Win - Lewis Hamilton
 
 Last Week's Pick to Win (Sebastian Vettel) - finished 3
 
 NOTES:
      The Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit is round 4 on the
 2015 Formula One calendar.
 
 This will be the 11th running of the Bahrain GP. This event was canceled in
 2011 due to anti-government demonstrations in that Middle East country.
 
 In 2014, the Bahrain GP took place at nighttime for the first time. Bahrain
 International Circuit had installed 495 lighting poles around the circuit,
 ranging in height from 10-45 meters (33-148 feet). Over 500 kilometers (311
 miles) of cabling had been installed to power the system, and it featured
 5,000 luminaries. The entire lighting project at this circuit took just six
 months to complete.
 
 This race has been won from no further back than fourth on the starting grid.
 It's been won from the pole position four times, the second spot three times,
 including Lewis Hamilton's victory last year, once from third and twice from
 fourth.
 
 Fernando Alonso has won the Bahrain GP three times, which is more than any
 other driver. Alonso's victories in this race in 2005 and '06 occurred when he
 drove for Renault. His most recent Bahrain GP win happened in the 2010 F1
 season-opener when he made his first start for Ferrari. He is now driving for
 McLaren.
 
 Felipe Massa from Williams and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel have two victories
 each in the Bahrain GP. Massa won it in 2007 and '08 when he drove for
 Ferrari. Vettel scored back-to-back victories in this race in 2012 and '13,
 driving for Red Bull at the time.
 
 Mercedes' Nico Rosberg made his first career F1 start in the 2006 Bahrain GP,
 driving for Williams at the time. Rosberg qualified 12th and finished seventh,
 earning two points. He also recorded the fastest lap during that event. His
 best finish in the Bahrain GP happened last year with his second-place run, as
 he crossed the line only one second behind teammate and race winner Hamilton.
 
 Round 5 in this year's F1 world championship is the May 10 Spanish Grand Prix
 in Barcelona. Hamilton is the defending race winner.
 
 04/15 12:26:11 ET

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