Bahrain GP (2016)

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Stroll: Burning pain in feet was "killing me"

Lance Stroll had to get out of his Williams Formula 1 car earlier than planned at the end of Bahrain Grand Prix practice because his overheating feet were “killing me”.

Analysis: Does F1 still need faster cars in 2017?

After Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes W07 smashed the qualifying lap record in Bahrain, is Formula 1 right to continue pushing for a significant speed increase for 2017? Jonathan Noble delves into the data.

Ricciardo stint lifts Red Bull hopes of Mercedes/Ferrari challenge

Daniel Ricciardo's strong pace in the final stint of the Bahrain Grand Prix has left Red Bull convinced it can launch a proper challenge against Mercedes and Ferrari for wins this year.

Inside Line F1 Podcast: Who is running F1?

Look back at the Bahrain Grand Prix with Kunal Shah and Mithila Mehta in the latest episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast.

Perfect storm led to Vettel's engine failure

Sebastian Vettel's engine failure at the Bahrain Grand Prix was the result of a perfect storm of circumstances related to electronic mapping, can reveal.

Bottas admits he braked too late in Bahrain GP start

Valtteri Bottas admits that he could have avoided the Turn 1 contact with Lewis Hamilton in the Bahrain Brand Prix had he braked earlier.

Giorgio Piola's Bahrain GP tech wrap-up

Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield look at all the updates introduced by F1 teams in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Haas now aiming to score points in every F1 race

Haas has set its sights on scoring points at every Formula 1 race from now on, after its brilliant performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Massa admits Williams strategy failed in Bahrain

Felipe Massa struggled to hide his frustration after Williams chose the wrong strategy for the Bahrain Grand Prix, a race that saw the Brazilian slip from second on the opening lap to eighth at the finish.

Honda: Button sound report may be linked to failure

Honda is investigating whether a strange noise that Jenson Button heard from his engine on Saturday was linked to his retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mercedes seeking clutch solution to poor starts

Mercedes is working with parent company Daimler on hardware changes to its clutch in a bid to get on top of its troubled starts so far this year.

Gene Haas "ecstatic" over Grosjean's stunning F1 results

Although Bahrain was several continents away, a huge applause erupted in the No. 41 Haas NASCAR team's lounge at Martinsville as Romain Grosjean crossed the finish line fifth at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday.

Tech analysis: Williams' updated low-speed package

Williams is making a concerted effort to re-establish its foothold in the championship, with the team focused on improving its low-speed performance as several new parts arrived in Bahrain. Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield analyse the updates.

Force India rue early-race damage for Bahrain travails

Force India drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez rued early-race damage and excessive tyre wear for their poor showing at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday.

Vandoorne's Bahrain showing "a boost for his career" - Boullier

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says Stoffel Vandoorne did a “brilliant job” by earning 10th place on his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain - and that it should be "a boost" for the Belgian's career.

Channel 4 boosted by first live F1 viewing figures

Channel 4's decision to push for a Formula 1 deal this year appears to be paying off, with its peak audience for the Bahrain Grand Prix making it the most watched UK channel over its slot.

Rosberg: We haven't seen the true Ferrari yet

Nico Rosberg is convinced that Ferrari is a stronger threat in Formula 1 than it has been able to show so far, on the back of its disappointing start to the year.

Race Analysis: How we were robbed of a classic in Bahrain

Could Bahrain have thrown up an absolute classic race had it not been for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel’s problems? Adam Cooper investigates.

Bahrain GP: Another impressive result for the Haas F1 Team

Romain Grosjean: "Everything is working well. I don’t think I’ve ever been as high as fifth in the driver standings."

No points for the Renault team at Bahrain

Kevin Magnussen: "As long as we work really hard now, we will reap the benefits later.”

Rosberg doubles up, Hamilton fights back on eventful night in Bahrain

Nico took his 16th career victory today - his first at the Bahrain International Circuit, Lewis claimed his 89th Formula One podium after a battling comeback drive to P3

Button feels he could've been "fifth or sixth" in Bahrain

Jenson Button believes the mechanical failure on his McLaren MP4-31 cost him "big points" in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Massa finished eighth and Bottas ninth in today’s Bahrain GP

Valtteri Bottas: "The drive-through penalty then compromised our strategy a bit so it was always going to be difficult after that."

Kimi Raikkonen on the Sakhir podium

Raikkonen finishes second. Vettel out with a technical problem

Vandoorne: I showed McLaren what I'm capable of

Stoffel Vandoorne believes he showed the McLaren team what he is capable of with his point-scoring debut in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

For the first time Toro Rosso scores points in Bahrain

To finish P6 is a fantastic way to finish the weekend and I’d like to thank the whole team for their excellent work.

A decent weekend for Red Bull at Bahrain

Christian Horner: "... the strategy from the team and with the pace of the cars, we were able to finish in a respectable fourth and seventh place."

Ferrari boss hails "absolutely spectacular" Raikkonen

Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene says Kimi Raikkonen's performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix was "absolutely spectacular".

Bahrain GP: Post-race press conference

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).

Hamilton says damage made him lose performance

Lewis Hamilton says the damage caused by Valtteri Bottas at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix made it impossible for him to catch Kimi Raikkonen.

Bahrain GP: Rosberg extends winning streak as Hamilton gets hit

Nico Rosberg extended his stunning winning streak to five consecutive races in Bahrain, aided by Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton being hit by Williams’s Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.

Steiner takes Haas approach criticism as a “compliment”

Haas team boss Gunther Steiner has shrugged off criticisms of the way his team has approached its entry into Formula 1, saying he prefers being attacked to “people feeling sorry for us”.

Perez says team misjudged cut-off time after Q1 exit

Sergio Perez rues having wrongly calculating the cut-off time in Q1 in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday which knocked him out in the first leg.

Rosberg expects "a lot of overtaking" in Bahrain race

Nico Rosberg is anticipating an exciting battle between Mercedes and Ferrari in the Bahrain GP – and the German stresses that the tyre rules mean that it will be hard to second-guess exactly what his main rivals will do.

Wolff: F1 should "crucify" anyone who blocks qualifying change

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has cheekily suggested that anyone who stands against a push to get rid of elimination qualifying in Sunday's rules summit should be 'publicly' crucified in the Formula 1 paddock.

Haas F1 Team: Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying recap

Romain Grosjean was credited with the ninth-fastest time (1:31.756), just missing advancing to Q3 by one position.

McLaren's Vandoorne: A pretty special performance on qualifying at Bahrain

Jenson Button: “There’s definitely more to come from the full package”

Wehrlein says Manor has found its true pace

Pascal Wehrlein believes his starring performance in Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying has shown the real pace of his Manor Formula 1 car.

Dennis questions FIA's refusal to consider fresh Alonso scan

Ron Dennis says he does not understand why the FIA would not consider looking at a fresh CT scan for Fernando Alonso on Saturday to re-evaluate whether or not he could drive in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Record-breaking night under the Bahrain lights!

Lewis Hamilton tonight claimed his 51st career pole position - his second at the Bahrain International Circuit

Grosjean admits he was cheering for Hulkenberg in Q2

Romain Grosjean says he was rooting for Nico Hulkenberg to deny him a Q3 spot in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Toro Rosso's Verstappen is top 10 on qualifying for the Bahrain GP

Carlos Sainz: “I think we did a decent job in today’s qualifying as we knew that with the amount of Super Soft tyres we have, getting into Q3 was difficult."

Vandoorne "couldn't wish" for better F1 qualifying debut

Formula 1 debutant Stoffel Vandoorne says he couldn't have wished for a better first qualifying session, having beaten McLaren teammate Jenson Button by two places.

Hamilton reprimanded for pitlane incident, keeps pole

Lewis Hamilton has been given a reprimand for his pitlane incident during qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

F1 team bosses agree "terrible" qualifying format must go

Leading F1 team bosses have agreed that it's time to give up on elimination qualifying, and they hope that agreement can be reached to return to 2015 format for the next race in China.

Bahrain GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Nico Rosberg (Mercedes), Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

Bahrain GP: Hamilton on pole as qualifying disappoints again

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position by beating Mercedes teammate to the top spot in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain GP: Vettel leads Ferrari 1-2 in final practice

Sebastian Vettel went quickest in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Ferrari eclipsed rival Mercedes ahead of qualifying.

FIA rejects McLaren request for Alonso to race

The FIA has rejected a request from McLaren boss Ron Dennis for Fernando Alonso to be allowed to compete in the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite his broken ribs.

Bite-size tech: Under the skin of the Mercedes W07

Getting under the skin of current Formula 1 cars can often be a thankless task and so this shot affords us the opportunity to see the W07's inner make-up.

Button is third quickest on Friday free practice in Bahrain

Jenson Button: "It's fun to have a car that's enjoyable to drive”

Haas F1 Team: Bahrain Grand Prix Friday practice recap

Haas F1 Team logged a total of 91 laps between the afternoon and evening sessions.

A productive Friday for Renault at Sakhir

Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer carried out the team’s full programme behind the wheel of the R.S.16 with a total of 124 laps completed.

Bite-size tech: Red Bull RB12 rear wing

Red Bull may still be struggling to compete directly with the top teams due to its power unit deficit but that doesn't stop it from trying to marginalise it.

Haas says vibration issue caused Grosjean wing breakage

Haas F1 team boss Gunther Steiner has explained a vibration issue caused by the kerbs at Bahrain was to blame for Romain Grosjean’s front wing breakage in second practice.

Ferrari: Desert action begins for the Bahrain GP

In FP2 Kimi Raikkonen (1.32.452) and Sebastian Vettel (1.32.650) were fifth and sixth fastest in the SF16-H.

Vandoorne confident late call-up won't hinder him

Stoffel Vandoorne says his late call-up to replace Fernando Alonso at the Bahrain Grand Prix has not left him feeling under-prepared for the weekend.

Bahrain GP: Friday's press conference

Franz Tost (Toro Rosso), Dave Ryan (Manor Racing), Robert Fernley (Force India), Claire Williams (Williams).

F1 moves Paddock Club focus away from 'champagne and lobster'

Formula 1 is revamping its approach to Paddock Club hospitality to move away from 'champagne and lobster' and become more orientated towards modern business needs.