2020 Bahrain Grand Prix: Will Hamilton keep up the momentum?
Preview of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
After a thriller of a Turkish Grand Prix last time out which Lewis Hamilton claim his 7th World championship with an equally thrilling drive. The World Championship moves onto the Sakhir International Circuit for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Bahrain will play host to the opening round of a season ending triple header with Bahrains Outer layout and Abu Dhabis Yas Marina Circuit to come.
The Sakhir International Circuit has been on the F1 calendar since 2004 and presented a major milestone for Formula One as Bahrain hosted the first Grand Prix in the Middle East. Michael Schumacher took victory on that magical day in 2004 and Bahrain has never looked back.
The Sakhir Circuit has hosted some of Formula ones most memorable races including the duel between Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in 2006 and the duel in the Desert between Mercedes team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in 2014.
Image Credit: F1.com Sakhir International Circuit layout
The Sakhir International Circuit is a state of the art facility located just outside Bahrains capital of Manama. The Circuit itself is technically challenging but super quick. The track is 5.4km long and home to 15 corners including the heavy braking zones of Turn one and Turn alongside the tricky, downhill left of Turn 10.
Alongside these impressive corners the drivers will be pleased to see acres of runoff on the outside making it easier to recover from mistakes but this is still a test of driving skill. 3 DRS zones into Turns 1,4 and 11 should help overtaking on the 15 Turn course and setting up the car will be a challenge due to Sakhirs mix of long straights and slow corners.
As both Championships have been put to bed with Mercedes taking the Constructors crown and Lewis Hamilton claiming yet another drivers title the Brackley based squad have less to lose this weekend although Hamilton will still be hungry for a victory to take another step towards that astonishing 100th Formula One win.
As Mercedes look to continue their domains form the battle for third place in the Constructors championship will be one to watch on race day. Mclaren, Racing Point, Renault and now Ferrari are all battling for third and all the riches that goes with that. As it stands there is just 24 points separating all four constructors and every point will be critical in the World Championship.
With all this in mind the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix should be a great event.