Bahrain To Be Hottest Race Yet

©Weather Underground

©Weather Underground

Early predictions by Weather Underground suggest temperatures of up to 33°C (91.4°F) will be reached on both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

If correct it will be the hottest race so far this season; the Australian, Malaysian and Chinese Grand Prix reached a maximum of 18°C, 31°C and 28°C respectively.

Paul Hembery, Motorsport Director of Pirelli, is expecting the hard and medium compound tyres to last 16 and 14 laps respectively during the Grand Prix, meaning three stops per car.

Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to win last year's Bahrain Grand Prix. ©Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Sebastian Vettel crosses the line to win last year’s Bahrain Grand Prix. ©Paul Gilham/Getty Images

“There will be plenty of scope for different race strategies, which can even allow drivers who have not qualified as well as they hoped to recover during the grand prix,” Hembery said.

Bahrain is fairly aggressive on tyres under braking, with cars decelerating from 315km/h to 65km/h in 130m, or three seconds, at the first corner.

Sebastian Vettel won from pole in 2012. Previous winners include Fernando Alonso (3), Jenson Button, Felipe Massa (2) and Michael Schumacher.

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