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The Bahrain Grand Prix - did you know? 17 Apr 2013

Race winner Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R25 celebrates his race win as he enters Parc Ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 3 April 2005 Nico Rosberg (GER) Williams FW28.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 11 March 2006 The post qualifying parc ferme (L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, third; Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1, pole position; Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari, second.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Saturday, 5 April 2008 (L to R): Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) with team mate Bruno Senna (BRA) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Wednesday, 10 March 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari F2004  and Rubens Barrichello (BRA) Ferrari F2004  both lock up at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004 Race winner Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Sunday, 15 April 2007 Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams FW34 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 20 April 2012 (L to R): Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 celebrate on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 22

The Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir has been the location for the Bahrain Grand Prix since its inception in 2004 and this year plays host for a ninth time. Ahead of this weekend’s race, we bring you some of the more noteworthy trivia about the event…

• The Bahrain Grand Prix is traditionally held in April, but twice in its eight year history it has been run in March - 2006 and 2010. It was the season-opener on both occasions.

• The first Bahrain Grand Prix, in 2004, was dominated by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. The German won the race from pole position, setting fastest lap along the way.

• Ferrari are the most successful constructor in Bahrain Grand Prix history, having won the race on four occasions and taken five other podiums.

• The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of only three races on the calendar that McLaren have never won. The others are India and Korea.

• Of the drivers, Fernando Alonso has the most wins - 3 - although Kimi Raikkonen has more podiums in Bahrain overall - 5. Alonso’s team mate Felipe Massa has won the race twice, but two active world champions - Lewis Hamilton and Raikkonen - have never won the race.

• Massa has led the most laps in Bahrain Grand Prix history - 102. Alonso and Sebastian Vettel are next up on 96 and 95 laps respectively. Alonso, Vettel and Jenson Button have each led three different Bahrain races.

• A number of milestones have been achieved in Bahrain:

- Nico Rosberg started his first Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2006. In the same race he scored the fastest lap, becoming the youngest man in Formula One history to do so (a record that still stands).

- Pedro de la Rosa and Jarno Trulli also claimed their first (and only) fastest laps in Sakhir.

- Robert Kubica scored his only Formula One pole in Bahrain in 2008, for BMW-Sauber. At the time it made him the fifth-youngest polesitter in F1 history.

- Lotus driver Romain Grosjean scored his maiden Formula One podium in Bahrain last year.

- Grosjean’s team mate Raikkonen climbed onto a Formula One podium for the 50th time in 2008 at Sakhir.

• The 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix saw five drivers make their Formula One debuts - Nico Hulkenberg, Vitaly Petrov, Karun Chandhok, Bruno Senna and Lucas di Grassi. The same race also saw three new teams take their Formula One bow - Lotus Racing (now Caterham), Virgin (now Marussia) and HRT.

• The Bahrain Grand Prix has been run on the current 5.4-kilometre Grand Prix circuit layout seven times. In 2010 the 6.2-kilometre ‘endurance’ circuit layout was used, but it proved unpopular with teams and drivers.

• The Grand Prix circuit’s lap record is 1m 30.252s set by Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari in 2004.

• The Bahrain Grand Prix has been won from pole position four times in eight races. The most recent pole-to-flag winner was Vettel last year. The last person to do it before Vettel was Massa in 2007.

• Bahrain is one of five host countries on the 2013 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar that have never had a home driver start a Grand Prix. The others are China, Singapore, Korea and Abu Dhabi (UAE).

• 12,000 tonnes of stone was used in the build of the Sakhir circuit. Work began in 2002 and was completed in early 2004.

• Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso will both start their 200th Grand Prix in Bahrain on Sunday. That puts them joint 12th on the all-time starts list, one ahead of Alain Prost and one behind Jean Alesi.

• No one has won the Bahrain Grand Prix by more than 20 seconds. The biggest winning margin came in 2010 when the Ferrari of Alonso came home 16.099 seconds ahead of that of team mate Massa. The smallest winning margin came in 2006 when Alonso beat Michael Schumacher across the line by just 1.246 seconds.

• The biggest margin between pole position and second on the grid in Bahrain Grand Prix history occurred in 2005 when Alonso beat Michael Schumacher to pole by 0.455 seconds.

• McLaren extended their record run of consecutive points finishes to 61 in China thanks to Jenson Button’s fifth place. Ferrari have a similar run going - it currently stands at 51 races in the points.

• Of this year’s rookies, only Valtteri Bottas has driven an F1 session in Bahrain. The Williams driver took part in FP1 in 2012, finishing in 14th position.

• Kimi Raikkonen completed his 20th consecutive finish in the points in China and is now just four races away from equalling Michael Schumacher’s record of 24. Where did Raikkonen’s points streak begin? You guessed it - Bahrain.

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