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The 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix (officially VII Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix) was race number 1 of the 2010 Formula One Season. It took place at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 14 2010. The race was won by Scuderia Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso with Felipe Massa for Scuderia Ferrari in second and Lewis Hamilton of McLaren-Mercedes in third.


BackgroundEdit

Going into the first race of the 2010 season saw the debut of new teams, HRT and Virgin and saw the return of the Lotus F1 team which withdrew from F1 at the end of 1994. Team Sauber also returned as Team Principal Peter Sauber had bought back the team from BMW Sauber who withdrew from F1 at the end of 2009, however he chose to race as BMW Sauber due, for otherwise the team would not receive their share of TV money.

New drivers making their début in Bahrain were Lucas Di Grassi for Virgin, Vitaly Petrov (first ever Russian F1 Driver) for Renault, Nico Hülkenberg for Williams, while Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna (nephew of the late three time World Champion, Ayrton Senna) both made their débuts for HRT.

Seven time World Champion, Michael Schumacher made his F1 return with Mercedes GP after retiring at the end of 2006 with Ferrari. Pedro de la Rosa made his first F1 appearance with BMW Sauber also since 2006 when he filled in at McLaren for half a season when Juan Pablo Montoya quit the sport however he had not been a full fledged race driver since 2002 with Jaguar.

Felipe Massa returned to F1 with Ferrari after being critically injured at the Qualifying of the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix. Timo Glock also returned to F1 with Virgin after sustaining injuries at the qualifying of the 2009 Japanese Grand Prix.

All the past time winners of the Bahrain Grand Prix made a reappearance here in 2010, Michael Schumacher (2004), Fernando Alonso (2005 and 2006), Felipe Massa (2007 and 2008) and Jenson Button (2009).

24 drivers appeared on the 2010 grid, the largest an F1 grid had seen since 1995.

Refuelling was banned during a race for the first time since 1993 in F1 and a new points system took place and also increases to the top 10 drivers (previously top 8). The steward board was also now being represented by one former F1 driver as well. The first former driver to hold this place was four time World Champion, Alain Prost who started the role at the Bahrain GP.

This was the only time that the race was run on the extended circuit at Bahrain. Deviating from the old circuit just after turn four, the extension added nine corners in about 2/3 of a kilometer. Universal criticism of the new section led to the old configuration being restored in 2012.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 B
20 India Karun Chandhok Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 B
22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 B

PracticeEdit

Practice 1Edit

At the start of the early morning Friday practice it was the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button that lapped the quickest around the Sakhir circuit however once the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa came out of the pits, the two then quickly passed the McLarens fastest lap times and stayed there for most of the morning. However to much of the paddocks surprise the Force India of Adrian Sutil took the fastest lap time late in the session with teammate Vitantonio Liuzzi ending up seventth fastest, it showed that Force India had promise. Michael Schumacher struggled in the session with understeer and was the only driver to run off track, he finished 10th fastest two places behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg. Robert Kubica was a surprise third in the Renault behind Alonso and Sutil. The Virgin of Lucas Di Grassi only managed to complete two laps until hydraulic issues forced him out of the session. HRT who would be running their car for the very first time in Bahrain were mainly assembling the two cars throughout the session which had only arrived on Thursday night however at the end of the session Bruno Senna managed to get three laps under his belt much to the delight of the HRT team. However Karun Chandhok had major hydraulic issues that would keep him out for the rest of the day.

Practice 2Edit

Practice 3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualfying ResultsEdit

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 49 1:39:20.396 3 25
2 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Ferrari 49 + 16.099 2 18
3 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 49 + 23.182 4 15
4 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 49 + 38.799 1 12
5 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 49 + 40.213 5 10
6 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 49 + 44.163 7 8
7 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 49 + 45.280 8 6
8 6 Australia Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 49 + 46.360 6 4
9 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 49 + 53.008 12 2
10 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 49 + 1:02.489 11 1
11 11 Poland Robert Kubica Renault 49 + 1:09.093 9
12 14 Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 49 + 1:22.958 10
13 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 49 + 1:32.656 18
14 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 48 + 1 Lap 13
15 19 Finland Heikki Kovaleinen Lotus-Cosworth 47 + 2 Laps 21
16 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 46 Electrics 15
17 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 46 Hydraulics 20
Ret 22 Spain Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 28 Hydraulics 14
Ret 21 Brazil Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 17 Overheating 23
Ret 24 Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 16 Gearbox 19
Ret 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 13 Suspension 17
Ret 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 11 Hydraulics 16
Ret 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2 Hydraulics 22
Ret 20 India Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1 Accident 24

NotesEdit

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V T E 2010 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Engines Mercedes | Renault | Ferrari | Cosworth
Race Drivers 1 Button | 2 Hamilton | 3 Schumacher | 4 Rosberg | 5 Vettel | 6 Webber | 7 Massa | 8 Alonso | 9 Barrichello | 10 Hülkenberg | 11 Kubica | 12 Petrov | 14 Sutil | 15 Liuzzi | 16 Buemi | 17 Alguersuari | 18 Trulli | 19 Kovalainen | 20 Chandhok | 20 Klien | 20/21 Yamamoto | 21 Senna | 22 de la Rosa | 22 Heidfeld | 23 Kobayashi | 24 Glock | 25 di Grassi
Other Drivers Paffett | Turvey | Bird | Hartley | Ricciardo | Coulthard | Fisichella | Badoer | Gené | Bianchi | Bottas | Stoneman | Maldonado | Tung | d'Ambrosio | Charouz | Aleshin | di Resta | Felix da Costa | Buurman | Vergne | Fauzy | González | Arabadzhiev | Valsecchi | Kral | Gutiérrez | Pérez | Soucek | Razia | Haryanto
Cars MP4-25 | MGP W01 | RB6 | F10 | FW32 | R30 | VJM03 | STR5 | T127 | F110 | C29 | VR-01
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Bahrain | Australia | Malaysia | China | Spain | Monaco | Turkey | Canada | Europe | Great Britain | Germany | Hungary | Belgium | Italy | Singapore | Japan | Korea | Brazil | Abu Dhabi
Team Reports McLaren | Mercedes | Red Bull | Ferrari | Williams | Renault | Force India | Toro Rosso | Lotus | HRT | BMW Sauber | Virgin
Driver Reports Button | Hamilton | Schumacher | Rosberg | Vettel | Webber | Massa | Alonso | Barrichello | Hülkenberg | Kubica | Petrov | Sutil | Liuzzi | Buemi | Alguersuari | Trulli | Kovalainen | Chandhok | Klien | Yamamoto | Senna | de la Rosa | Heidfeld | Kobayashi | Glock | di Grassi
Tests Barcelona 1 | Valencia | Jerez 1 | Jerez 2 | Barcelona 2 | Vairano | Paul Ricard
See also 2009 Formula One Season | 2011 Formula One Season | Category
Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix
Circuits Bahrain International Circuit (2004–present)
Sakhir1
Races 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016

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