A brilliant F1 race awaits fans Saturday in the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, where Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will start in pole position after an impressive qualifying round. Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg, who clinched the Australian Grand Prix, will start in second position, followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.
The trio is once again expected to be fight it out for a victory in the the prestigious Bahrain Grand Prix, which is one of the few races in Formula One that takes place at night.
Though Mercedes are favourites to finish one-two once again, Vettel will hope for a start similar to the Australian Grand Prix, where the Ferrari driver overtook Mercedes in the first lap. Ferrari have been good this season, and will put in great effort and try to make life difficult for Mercedes.
"We know what to do. Let's see what we can do tomorrow. We'll push them very hard. Ideally, we'll do the same thing on the start as we did two weeks ago. I wouldn't mind! So, yeah, we'll see. It's a long race," F1 official website quoted Vettel as saying.
However, this time Mercedes drivers Hamilton and Rosberg are expected to keep a close eye on Vettel. Hamilton has always been brilliant in Bahrain, winning his last two races, and is now gunning for a third straight-win, but he has to get a good start. Vettel has also won twice in Bahrain.
"It will be, for sure it's always important to get a good start. It's a longer run down to Turn One than there was in the last race. Of course it's something we've been trying to improve on, but it's only been a couple of weeks so whether or not we've made big improvements I highly doubt it, but hopefully it's better than it was, on my side at least," Hamilton said.
The focus of the race will primailry be on Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel, but there are other drivers keen to push them aside for a podium finish, which is not going to be easy. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be close on the trio's heels in Bahrain, and will take advantage of any mistakes they make.
However, the mid-table race is also going to be interesting, with teams looking for constructor points as well.
Williams and Force India will hope their drivers give their best and finish higher in the Bahrain Grand Prix. Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will start the race in sixth and seventh positions, while Force India's Nico Hulkenberg will start eighth and team mate Sergio Perez, who was disappointing in qualifying, will start 18th.
Where to Watch Live
The Bahrain Grand Prix 2016 race is scheduled for 6 p.m. local time, 8:30 p.m. IST, 3 p.m. GMT start.
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