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F1 Betting Tips: Bahrain Grand Prix Betting Tips, Predictions & Special Offers

Dave Kuzio /
Bahrain GP

The first race of the F1 season takes place at the Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain and World Champion Max Verstappen will be looking to set the standard and Lewis Hamilton’s amazing win streak at this circuit.

Bahrain GP

We have just managed to catch our breath following the dramatic finish to the 2021 F1 campaign where Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Verstappen controversially was allowed to get involved in a sprint to the chequered flag despite not all cars being unable to unlap themselves – only cars in between Hamilton and Verstappen were allowed to overtake.

If we get a championship battle half as good as last season’s then we are in for an entertaining season.

Hamilton will still be fuming, and he will be eager to prove he is the best driver around by winning for the sixth time at the Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit.

The Mercedes driver has won his last three races in Bahrain, and although I am not his biggest fan, I think he will win this one just to send a message out to the rest of the field that he is not finished yet.

Verstappen will not go away. I expect him to push the former champion all the way and he will claim second place on the podium.

The battle for third place will be interesting. I expect Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris to be there and thereabouts in their McLaren, but all eyes will be on Hamilton’s team-mate George Russell.

He is seen as the future of the sport and I am backing him to get on the podium and open his account with his new team.

Circuit Guide

The Bahrain International Circuit was opened March 2004 ahead of the first-ever Formula 1 race to take place in Sakhir, but there was some controversy because Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone demanded the race took place despite the venue not being fully completed. A wide track means there are plenty of opportunities to overtake and that could lead to thrilling scenes like the ones we saw when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battled to win the race in 2014. The race gets underway at dusk and is completed under the floodlights, making it the first race of the season to end at night. Pedro de la Rosa surprisingly holds the record for the fastest lap around this circuit, but that did not translate to a victory. Hamilton is a five-time winner of this race and his success in 2021 saw him surpass Sebastian Vettel as the most successful driver in the history of this race. The Mercedes driver will be looking for a fourth successive victory, although world champion Max Verstappen will be looking for his first.

Location: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
Number of Laps: 57
Lap Length: 3.363 miles
Lap Record: Pedro de la Rosa, 1 minute 31.447 seconds (2005)

Bahrain Grand Prix Winners

YEAR WINNER TEAM CIRCUIT
2004 Michael Schumacher Ferrari Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2005 Fernando Alonso Renault Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2006 Fernando Alonso Renault Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2007 Felipe Massa Ferrari Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2009 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2010 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Sakhir Endurance Circuit
2011 CANCELLED
2012 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2013 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2014 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2015 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2016 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2017 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2018 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2019 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2020 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit
2021 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Sakhir Grand Prix Circuit