When: Sunday, April 21st 2013
Where: Bahrain International Circuit
Despite political tension heading into the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix, the race will run on the small island. Sebastian Vettel earned the hat-trick in the 2012 Bahrain GP, as he won pole position, won the race and he also had the fastest lap during the race.
This F1 season has started much like last year, as we’ve seen three drivers win after three races. Kimi Raikkonen opened the year with a win in the Australian GP, Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian GP and Fernando Alonso won the Chinese GP.
Current 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Odds
Can Sebastian Vettel Win the Bahrain GP in Consecutive Years?
Two drivers have grid penalties to contend with this weekend in the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix. Mark Webber (15.00) has a 3-place penalty and Esteban Gutierrez (1001.00) has a 10-place penalty. Webber was 4th last year and I don’t think he’ll improve on that due to the penalty.
Sebastian Vettel (3.50) won the Bahrain GP for the first time in 2012. Two other drivers, Fernando Alonso (3.50) and Felipe Massa (21.00), have both won the race in consecutive years and Alonso leads all drivers with three wins at the Bahrain GP.
The first Bahrain Grand Prix was in 2004 and the race has run every year except 2011 when it was cancelled. Ferrari has won four of the eight races, but last year Ferrari struggled, as Alonso finished in 7th place and Massa finished in 9th place.
Lotus-Renault was the big surprise in 2012 in Bahrain, as Kimi Raikkonen (5.00) and Romain Grosjean (51.00) both finished on the podium. Raikkonen qualified in 11th last year, so if he can qualify better this year he could win his 2nd race of the season.
Raikkonen is currently battling it out in the F1 Drivers Championship with Vettel. Vettel is leading after three races with 52 points after finishing in 3rd, 1st and 4th to start the season while Raikkonen has 49 points after finishing 1st, 7th and 2nd to start the year.
Alonso is 3rd in the Drivers Championship with 43 points and Lewis Hamilton (13.00) is in 4th place with 40 points. Alonso has a 2nd and 1st place finish this season already, but he was in an accident in the Malaysian GP and had to retire on the 1st lap of the race.
Hamilton struggled in qualifying in the opening race of the season in Australia (10th), but he finished the race in 5th place. He has since earned two 3rd place finishes on the podium and he’ll be looking to improve upon his 2nd place finish in Bahrain last season.
How Important is Qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix
Qualifying has been important in the Bahrain Grand Prix throughout the years, but the track does have multiple opportunities to overtake other drivers with the best opportunities on turn 1 after the long straightaway and on the very tight turn 4.
The width of the track also helps with overtaking, so qualifying in the pole position won’t guarantee a win, but it almost guarantees a podium finish. In the eight races at the Bahrain Grand Prix the pole position has won the race 50% of the time and the average finish of the pole position is 2nd place.
Vettel has the record for the worst finish in the Bahrain GP after winning the pole, as he finished in 4th place in 2010. In the other seven races at Bahrain the pole position has finished on the podium at the very least and that included some longshots.
2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Tips
Felipe Massa has won the race twice (2007 & 2008). He struggled in 2009 and 2012, but in 2010 he finished in 2nd place. Massa is excellent in Bahrain and he has been on the cusp of cracking the podium this year with a 4th, 5th and 6th place finish already.
- Team Ferrari to Win (3.00) @ Paddy Power
I’m also betting on Ferrari to win the race (Alonso & Massa) at 2/1 odds. Red Bull is the favourite to win the race due to the fact that Ferrari struggled so much last year, but in 2010 Ferrari qualified in 2nd/3rd place and finished the race in 1st/2nd place.
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