2019 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Sunday, March 31, 2019
- Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
- F1 World Championship
Ferrari let Charles Leclerc down in Bahrain. Sebastian Vettel let Ferrari down. And through it all came a tenacious Lewis Hamilton to steal an unlikely victory with a heady mix of racecraft and desire in a Mercedes that was a long way from Ferrari’s performance.
Regardless of the result, this was Leclerc’s weekend. From dominating qualifying to commanding the race, he was apparently on his way to a glorious breakout victory in just his second event for the Scuderia. But ultimately his Ferrari suffered an as-yet-undefined failure of combustion in one cylinder that had run-on effects, which combined to deprive him of a big chunk of the SF90’s prodigious horsepower and made him a sitting duck late in the race to both Mercedes. He was rescued from being further devoured by Max Verstappen’s Red Bull only by the race running under a safety car for the last three laps.
Permanent road course
Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren MP4-20-Mercedes-Benz), 1m31.447, 132.392 mph, F1, 2005
First Race2004 Bahrain Grand Prix