The temperature in the desert will soar high as Formula 1 Racing heads to Bahrain. The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on Sunday 15th, April 2017. The Sakhir Circuit is all set to see the blazing cars and their drivers burning the rubbers.
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It will be the battle between Mercedes & Ferrari though condition here may favor Ferrari. However, everybody is expecting a tough fight. The championship is tied at the moment and Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel will go all out take lead. It will be a very interesting to watch these two best Formula one drivers in tough competition.
Force India who had a good outing in Chinese Grand Prix preview their chance at Formula 1, 2017: Bahrain Grand Prix.
Force India’s driver Sergio Perez is all set for the race after putting behind the National Anthem Row. Here is what both the driver said ahead of the race.
Sergio Perez: “I feel pretty happy about the way we have started the year. Eight points from two races is a good achievement and show that we are working well as a team. I still think a better result was possible in China, but we can’t complain about where we ended up because it wasn’t an easy race considering how cold and wet it was on Sunday.
On Sakhir Circuit:
Bahrain is always a track I enjoy and I think racing at night has made the event more exciting. I still smile when I remember our podium finish in 2014 – it’s one of my best memories in Formula One. My big battle with Jenson [Button] in 2013 is also something I remember. It’s a circuit that always produces good racing and overtaking opportunities. In the past, you always had to worry about looking after the rear tires because there are so many big acceleration zones, but maybe it won’t be such a factor with this year’s tires.
On Preparation & New Regulations:
With the 2017 regulations, the learning curve is very steep. The team is working really hard with the development of the car and we made some progress in China. There are more developments coming this weekend and hopefully, we will feel the benefit straight away. It puts extra emphasis on the Friday sessions as we try and understand all the test items and how to get the best performance from them.”
Esteban Ocon: “I feel positive after China and scoring another point. Despite the lack of running on Friday and the disappointment of qualifying, we were able to come back strongly in the race. I still believe we didn’t maximize our opportunities and we have analyzed everything that happened and learned what we could have done better. There is a lot on which we can build to get stronger as the season progresses.
On Sakhir Circuit:
Bahrain is a fantastic track and I’m really looking forward to the first night race of the season. It’s a track I enjoy and I have a good history there – I was on pole position in GP3 in 2015 so I hope to have another strong performance. There are many nice parts of the track, but my favorite is the combination of corners at turns five, six and seven: a quick chicane and then the hairpin – a very testing braking zone which you approach at really high speed.
It’s not easy to get the right set-up for this part of the lap, but when you do and you drive it perfectly, it’s an awesome feeling. Sakhir is a hard circuit for tires, brakes, and engines, with big braking zones and long straights.
On Bahrain Environment & Temperature Challenge:
It’s also testing for the driver because you have to keep hydrated as the weather can get really warm. I’m quite pleased that we have races on consecutive weekends. Every time I get in the car, I feel more comfortable with the team and this reflects in the work we produce. At this stage of the season, it’s important to score points whenever there is an opportunity and this remains the goal in Bahrain.”