Looking back: Bahrain Grand Prix 2004-2012

Vital Statistics:

  • Bahrain International Circuit
  • 57 laps
  • Race length 308.405 km
  • Circuit length 5.412km
  • Held 8 times
  • Alonso has won three times

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been held eight times since 2004 with just five different winners, although it is perhaps more famed for being canceled in 2011 following protests in the country.

In 2004 the race was the first to be held in the Middle East and was later awarded the ‘Best Organised Grand Prix’ by the FIA.

The race was traditionally the third race of the season before it was pushed back in 2006 and later became the first race of the season in 2010.

The inaugural race was won by Michael Schumacher and the circuit would later see the first race of his return to the sport in 2010.

The race has been won three times by Fernando Alonso after he secured repeat wins at the 2005 and 2006 Grand Prix. He would later win the 2010 race which saw a new track configuration.

The 2006 race also saw Nico Rosberg’s debut race for Williams where he set the fastest lap becoming the youngest ever racer to do so- this is a record which he still holds.

In 2007 and 2008 the race was won by Felipe Massa. The 2007 race saw Lewis Hamilton make history by becoming the first driver ever to finish on the podium at all of his first three Grand Prix.

After the race the top three in the drivers championship – Alonso, Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen – were level on points first time since 1950.

When the 2011 race was canceled just weeks before the race was to be held the FIA later decided reschedule for October 30 but a week after the announcement in June 2011 the race was canceled for 2011.

Despite ongoing issues in 2012 the race went ahead however several teams including Force India were caught up in protests. Following a protest on Thursday night Force India did not take part in FP2 in order to return to their hotel before sunset.

2012 also saw the race layout return to its previous configuration after it came under heavy criticism.

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Keep up to date with all the results from the race weekend at beckycreedf1.wordpress.com and via the 2013 race map and calendar. 

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