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The 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix (officially the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2020) was the fifteenth race of the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, on 29 November 2020.

Having won the drivers' championship title at Turkey, Lewis Hamilton took pole position with Valtteri Bottas second alongside him. The race was immediately red-flagged at the start after the Haas of Romain Grosjean crashed heavily into the barriers after Turn 3. The Frenchman was sent spearing into the barriers after tangling with AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat, the impact breaking the car into two and bursting into flames, but Grosjean climbed out and walked away largely unhurt despite minor burns.

As Grosjean was airlifted to hospital in Manama, the race restarted after nearly an hour and a half, and the safety car was deployed after Kvyat flipped Lance Stroll, resulting in a 10-second penalty. Bottas, who initially dropped back before the red flag, suffered a puncture on the restart and recovered up to 8th. Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez looked set to finish on the podium until with three laps remaining, Perez' engine went up in flames, hence failing to finish. The Safety Car was deployed as a result, with the race finishing behind it and Hamilton won ahead of Verstappen, with Alexander Albon inheriting the final podium place, making it the first time since the 2017 Japanese Grand Prix both Red Bull drivers finished on the podium.


Background[]

Originally scheduled on March 22 as the second round, the Bahrain Grand Prix, alongside the Vietnam Grand Prix were postponed on March 13 [1], the same day the Australian Grand Prix was called off after one of McLaren's team members tested positive for COVID-19.

On August 25, the FIA announced the remaining races of the revised 2020 calendar, with the Bahrain Grand Prix being rescheduled on November 29. As with Red Bull Ring and Silverstone, the Bahrain International Circuit will serve as the same venue for back-to-back race weekends, with the second race using a different layout of the circuit and being named as the Sakhir Grand Prix.

In an unusual move on October 16, almost two months after the FIA announced the remaining races of the 2020 season which excluded the Vietnam Grand Prix, Vietnam Grand Prix officials announced their 2020 running of the event was canceled.[2]

Prior to the postponement, on March 8, Bahrain Grand Prix organizers announced in a statement that the race will initially be run as a closed-door event, meaning spectators will be barred from entering [3].

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6L V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6L V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6L V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF1000 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom BWT Racing Point F1 Team Racing Point RP20 BWT Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-20 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6L V6t P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT01 Honda RA260H 1.6L V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault DP World F1 Team Renault R.S.20 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6L V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB16 Honda RA260H 1.6L V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35 Renault E-Tech 20 1.6L V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Mercedes W11 Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
40 Israel Roy Nissany United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43 Mercedes M11 1.6L V6t P
88 Poland Robert Kubica Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C39 Ferrari 065 1.6L V6t P
Source:[4]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:28.343 1 1:27.586 1 1:27.264 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 4 1:28.767 3 1:28.063 2 1:27.553 2
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 5 1:28.885 2 1:28.025 3 1:27.678 3
4 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 3 1:28.732 5 1:28.749 4 1:28.274 4
5 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 12 1:29.178 7 1:28.894 5 1:28.322 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 8 1:29.005 4 1:28.648 6 1:28.417 6
7 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 13 1:29.203 8 1:28.937 7 1:28.419 7
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 6 1:28.971 10 1:29.008 8 1:28.448 8
9 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 1:29.464 6 1:28.877 9 1:28.542 9
10 26 Russian Automobile Federation Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 11 1:29.158 9 1:28.944 10 1:28.618 10
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 10 1:29.142 11 1:29.149 11
12 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 9 1:29.137 12 1:29.165 12
13 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 2 1:28.679 13 1:29.557 13
14 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 14 1:29.294 14 1:31.218 14
15 55 Spain Carlos Sainz United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 1:28.975 15 15
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 16 1:29.491 16
17 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 17 1:29.810 17
18 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 18 1:30.111 18
19 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:30.138 19
20 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 20 1:30.182 20
107% Time: 1:34.527
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
United Kingdom 44. Hamilton 2
______________ Finland 77. Bottas
Row 2 3 ______________
Netherlands 33. Verstappen 4
______________ Thailand 23. Albon
Row 3 5 ______________
Mexico 11. Pérez 6
______________ Australia 3. Ricciardo
Row 4 7 ______________
France 31. Ocon 8
______________ France 10. Gasly
Row 5 9 ______________
United Kingdom 4. Norris 10
______________ Russian Automobile Federation 26. Kvyat
Row 6 11 ______________
Germany 5. Vettel 12
______________ Monaco 16. Leclerc
Row 7 13 ______________
Canada 18. Stroll 14
______________ United Kingdom 63. Russell
Row 8 15 ______________
Spain 55. Sainz 16
______________ Italy 99. Giovinazzi
Row 9 17 ______________
Finland 7. Räikkönen 18
______________ Denmark 20. Magnussen
Row 10 19 ______________
France 8. Grosjean 20
______________ Canada 6. Latifi

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

The full results for the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 57 2:59:47.515 1 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 57 + 1.254 3 19FL
3 5 Thailand Alexander Albon Austria Red Bull-Honda 57 + 8.005 4 15
4 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 57 + 11.337 9 12
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. United Kingdom McLaren-Renault 57 + 11.787 15 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 57 + 11.942 8 8
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo France Renault 57 + 19.368 6 6
8 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 57 + 19.680 2 4
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Renault 57 + 22.803 7 2
10 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 12 1
11 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 56 + 1 lap 10
12 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 56 + 1 lap 14
13 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 11
14 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 56 + 1 lap 20
15 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 17
16 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 16
17 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 56 + 1 lap 18
18 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 53 Power unit 5
Ret 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 2 Collision 13
Ret 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 0 Collision 19
Source:

Milestones[]

Standings[]

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. Formula 1: Bahrain and Vietnam Grands Prix postponed, https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.bahrain-and-vietnam-grands-prix-postponed.6M04wEKPBevqVc6Mg2kfgH.html
  2. BBC Sport: Vietnamese Grand Prix: Organizers cancel race due to coronavirus pandemic, https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/54566243
  3. Motorsport.com: Bahrain F1 race to go ahead without spectators, https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/bahrain-grand-prix-no-spectators/4728805/
  4. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named EL
  5. 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2020/races/1059/bahrain/qualifying.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021. Retrieved on 11 Dec 2021)
V T E 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRacing PointRed BullRenaultWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlbonBottasGaslyGiovinazziGrosjeanHamiltonHülkenbergKvyatLatifiLeclercMagnussenNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzStrollVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 20 Magnussen • 23 Albon • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 51 P. Fittipaldi • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 89 Aitken • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers BuemiCalderónCâmaraDeletrazIlottKubicaR. NissanyMick SchumacherShwartzmanSirotkinTsunodaVandoorneVipsZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C39AlphaTauri AT01Ferrari SF1000Haas VF-20McLaren MCL35Mercedes W11Racing Point RP20Red Bull RB16Renault R.S.20Williams FW43
Tyres Pirelli
Races AustriaStyriaHungaryBritain70th AnniversarySpainBelgiumItalyTuscanyRussiaNürburgringPortugalImolaTurkeyBahrainSakhirAbu Dhabi
Cancelled Races AustraliaVietnamChinaNetherlandsMonacoAzerbaijanCanadaFranceSingaporeJapanUnited StatesMexicoBrazil
Tests PirelliBarcelona 1Barcelona 2
See also 2019 Formula One Season2021 Formula One SeasonCategory
V T E Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix
Circuits Bahrain International Circuit (2004–present)
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