Nico Rosberg will start from pole position for the second time in his career in today’s Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Penalties for three drivers – three places for Mark Webber and five each for Lewis Hamilton and Esteban Gutiérrez – have meant that today’s starting grid will be reshuffled for today’s 57-lap race at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Therefore, the race’s starting grid will look as follows:
|Mercedes AMG Petronas||2.||Sebastian Vettel||+ 0.254|
|Red Bull Racing Renault|
|3.||Fernando Alonso||+ 0.337|
|Scuderia Ferrari||4.||Felipe Massa||+ 0.877|
|5.||Paul di Resta||+ 0.905|
|Force India Mercedes||6.||Adrian Sutil||+ 0.916|
|Force India Mercedes|
|7.||Mark Webber||+ 0.748|
|Red Bull Racing Renault||PENALTY||8.||Kimi Räikkönen||+ 0.997|
|9.||Lewis Hamilton||+ 0.423|
|Mercedes AMG Petronas||PENALTY||10.||Jenson Button||no time|
|Lotus Renault||12.||Sergio Pérez||1:33.914|
|Toro Rosso Ferrari||14.||Nico Hülkenberg||1:33.976|
|Williams Renault||16.||Jean-Éric Vergne||1:34.284|
|Toro Rosso Ferrari|
|Williams Renault||18.||Charles Pic||1:35.283|
|Marussia Cosworth||20.||Giedo van der Garde||1:36.304|
|Marussia Cosworth||22.||Esteban Gutiérrez||1:34.730|
And for those looking for a bit of trivia ahead of today’s race, here are a few mind-blowing (or otherwise!) statistics to impress or bore your friends with:
McLaren has never won pole position or a Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton celebrates his 22nd birthday today.
Victory for Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton or Kimi Räikkönen will move them up the ranks on the all-time winners list. Alonso will move to fourth outright on the all-time list with 32 wins (ahead of Nigel Mansell) if he wins, while Vettel would move to sixth outright with 28 wins (ahead of Sir Jackie Stewart). If Hamilton wins, he will move to equal-twelfth on the all-time list (tied with Damon Hill on 22 wins), while Räikkönen would become Finland’s most victorious F1 driver if he claims his 21st win, which would move him ahead of Mika Häkkinen.
Barring disaster, Mark Webber will make his 200th Grand Prix start today, making him the thirteenth driver to join the ‘200 Club’. He will also move to thirteenth on the all-time starting list, ahead of Alain Prost who started 199 GPs. Jenson Button (232) and Fernando Alonso (201, who will move level with Jean Alesi this weekend) are the only two drivers on the grid with more Grands Prix to their name.
Kimi Räikkönen will chalk up his 180th Grand Prix start this weekend and move to 18th overall in the all-time starting list, level with Ralf Schumacher.
Felipe Massa will start his 176th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 20th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Jacques Laffite.
Nico Rosberg will start his 132nd Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 40th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Eddie Cheever.
Lewis Hamilton will start his 114th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 50th overall on the all-time starting list, level with 1982 World Champion Keke Rosberg.
Sebastian Vettel will start his 115th Grand Prix this weekend, moving him to 60th overall on the all-time starting list, level with Jochen Mass and Pedro de la Rosa.