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2024 F1 Bahrain GP: Preview & predictions

Published at :March 1, 2024 at 1:08 PM
Modified at :March 1, 2024 at 1:09 PM
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Hisan Kidwai

The Formula 1 season is set to kick off with the Bahrain GP, marking the beginning of a new era in motorsport! As motorsport enthusiasts worldwide eagerly anticipate the start of another exhilarating season, the Bahrain International Circuit stands ready to host the opening act of the 2024 season.

The recent resolution of the controversy surrounding Red Bull boss Christian Horner has cleared the air, allowing the focus to shift back to the heart of the sport – the racing. This year, the Bahrain Grand Prix takes centre stage on a Saturday, prompting a shift in the entire race weekend schedule. But what can we expect from the curtain-raiser of the 2024 season? Let’s delve into the previews and predictions.

Preview: 2024 Bahrain GP

The Formula 1 grid is set to see a competitive battle between the top and bottom of the grid, with all 10 constructors aiming to narrow the gap between the top and bottom of the grid. Last season, all 20 cars set laps within a second of each other in some Q1 sessions, showcasing the unprecedented competitiveness of the grid.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing are the main contenders, with their commanding performance in pre-season testing causing speculation about their true potential. Ferrari, Mercedes, and McLaren also show promising pace during testing.

The true competitive order remains shrouded in mystery, with the Bahrain GP serving as the initial litmus test. While no new teams will enter the grid, the grid will feature new names and colors, with Alfa Romeo relinquishing Sauber’s naming rights and AlphaTauri rebranding as the “Visa Cash App RB Formula 1 Team.”

Now, let’s take a look at five predictions for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

5. Visa Cash RB scores points

The Visa Cash App RB team shows promising signs of improvement, with their car demonstrating stability and competitiveness during pre-season testing and initial practice sessions in Bahrain. With drivers like Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda, both capable of securing valuable points, the team could become a strong midfield contender. Tsunoda’s proven overtaking skills and Ricciardo’s quest to reclaim a top seat in F1 add further intrigue, making them potentially lucrative options for F1 Fantasy players seeking value in their lineups.

4. Alpine will fall behind in the race

Alpine finds itself in a challenging position, as the team appears to have struggled with progress during the winter break. Despite having talented drivers, the French outfit has been overshadowed by VCARB, indicating a lack of improvement. With managerial changes and underwhelming testing results, Alpine faces the daunting prospect of entering the Grand Prix season without significant pace.

While the midfield competition remains fierce, it seems probable that Alpine will lag behind rivals like McLaren, Aston Martin, and RB, potentially failing to secure a spot in the top ten at the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix.

3. Haas is better than previously thought

The Haas F1 team has surpassed pre-season expectations by completing 441 laps in Bahrain, demonstrating resilience, planning, and commitment to long-term development. Under Nico Hulkenberg’s guidance, they achieved their fastest lap time of 1 minute 31.686 seconds. This performance, while placing them in the lower half of the time charts, signifies a deeper narrative beyond mere statistics.

Haas has embraced modest expectations for the 2024 season, prioritizing the resolution of persistent tire degradation issues that plagued their previous campaign. This strategic pivot demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing key challenges and laying the groundwork for potential improvements in future races.

2. Fight for the Podium: Ferrari, Mercedes and McLaren

During pre-season tests, McLaren was closely grouped with Mercedes and Ferrari, indicating a tight battle for supremacy in the upcoming Formula 1 season. Ferrari showed some potential, while Mercedes kept their strategies concealed.

Both Ferrari and Mercedes could emerge as primary contenders challenging Red Bull at the F1 Bahrain GP. The competition for the podium is centred around the Mercedes and Ferrari duo, with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz showing impressive pace during testing.

Ferrari had a slight advantage despite minor understeer issues during acceleration. The battle between Mercedes, and McLaren remains close, with Mercedes showcasing innovations in their front wing design and McLaren showing significant progress compared to the previous year.

1. Max Verstappen Set to Dominate

It’s no secret in the Formula 1 world that Red Bull Racing has once again taken the lead with their RB20 car. With Adrian Newey and his team working tirelessly on the RB20, following the success of the RB19, Red Bull seems to have maintained or even extended their advantage over the competition. While Ferrari’s performance is also under scrutiny, many eyes are on Max Verstappen for the upcoming Grand Prix in Bahrain.

There’s little doubt among experts and fans alike that Max Verstappen is the one to watch in this race.

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