The 2014 Bahrain GP preview: Everything you need to know about this weekend's race!
F1 heads back to the scene of eight days of winter testing
By William Esler
Last Updated: 03/04/14 8:59am
After two pre-season tests at the circuit, the teams will certainly know the venue desert venue well, however for the first time this year's race will be held under floodlights.
So read on below as Sky Sports Online provides your one-stop shop for everything you need to know about the grand prix weekend.
The 2014 Bahrain GP in a nutshell
Track: Bahrain International Circuit. Permanent circuit.
Race start time: 4pm UK time Sunday (6pm local).
Track length: 5.412 km.
Tyre allocation: Medium (white) and Soft (yellow).
DRS Zones: Two with separate detection points (Pit Straight and between Turns ten and 11).
Driver steward: Derek Warwick.
Lap record: Pedro de la Rosa - 1:31.447 (McLaren; 2005).
2013 pole: Nico Rosberg - 1:32.330 (Mercedes).
Sky Sports F1's schedule
Wednesday 2nd April
8:30pm - F1 Midweek Report.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2012 Singapore GP.
Thursday 3rd April
1pm - Drivers' Press Conference - Live!
9pm - Classic F1 - 2013 Bahrain GP.
Friday 4th April
10am - GP2 Practice - Live!
11:45am - Bahrain GP Practice One - Live!
2pm - 1972 Season Review.
3:45pm - Bahrain GP Practice Two - Live!
5:55pm - GP2 Qualifying - Live!
7pm - Team Principals' Press Conference.
8pm - The F1 Show - Live!
9pm - Classic F1 - 2006 Bahrain GP.
Saturday 5th April
11:05am - GP2 Feature Race - Live!
12:45pm - Bahrain GP Practice Three - Live!
3pm - Bahrain GP Qualifying - Live!
6:15pm - Bahrain GP Qualifying - replay.
9pm - Classic F1 - 2010 Bahrain GP.
Sunday 6th April
12:10pm - GP2 Sprint Race - Live!
1:30pm - 1973 Season Review.
2:30pm - The 2014 Bahrain GP - Track Parade - Live!
3pm - The 2014 Bahrain GP - Race - Live! !
6:30pm - The 2014 Bahrain GP - Paddock Live!
8pm - 2014 Bahrain GP - highlights.
9pm - Classic F1 - 1994 Japanese GP.
Sebastian Vettel has won the previous two races in Bahrain, but Red Bull unreliability problems made it impossible to tell how quick the RB10 might be around the Bahrain International Circuit. During the eight days of pre-season running at the venue, it was Felipe Massa who set the overall pace for Williams.
2013 result: 1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2. Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus); 3. Romain Grosjean (Lotus); 4. Paul Di Resta (Force India); 5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes); 6. Sergio Perez (McLaren); 7. Mark Webber (Red Bull); 8. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 9. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 10. Jenson Button (McLaren).
Last five winners in Bahrain: 2013: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2012: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 2010: Fernando Alonso (Ferrari); 2009: Jenson Button (Brawn); 2008: Felipe Massa (Ferrari).
Pirelli will bring the white-marked medium and yellow-banded soft compounds to the Bahrain Grand Prix - the same compounds that were used at the season-opening race in Australia.
The Italian manufacturer say that the race will be "one of the most severe circuits of the year in terms of tarmac roughness" and also also predicting "a temperature drop of 15 degrees" as the sunsets in the desert.
"Bahrain is a circuit where we've done two recent tests, so we go there with a lot of knowledge of the track, which we certainly benefit from," Motorsport Director Paul Hembery said.
"We know that there's a big traction demand and that's why we're bringing the medium and soft tyres. Temperatures at the start of the race should still be reasonably high. We've noted a very big drop in temperature though as soon as the sun goes down: a variation that can be as big as 15 degrees.
"Managing that very wide range of temperatures to get the best out of the tyres is going to be one of the biggest challenges for the teams throughout the weekend. This should make it quite tactical in terms of strategy, so it should be a very interesting race from that point of view."
Sky Bet odds
After a dominant victory from pole in Malaysia, Lewis Hamilton is the man Sky Bet are backing to take victory in Bahrain at Evens and team-mate Nico Rosberg available at 9/4. Check out the full range of odds here.