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GP Week : Issue 219
the numbers Seconds – Fernando Alonso was less than 0.4s away from reaching Q3 in Bahrain, and followed it up by finishing just out of the points (11th) in the race 0.398 McLaren suffered its second failure to start in four races this year. Prior to 2015, they hadn’t suffered a single DNS due to mechanical problems since Mika Hakkinen at the 2001 French GP 2 In qualifying – Pastor Maldonado was knocked out of Q1 after being seventh in final practice – but it was still his best ever start at a Bahrain GP! 16 Ferrari were 1-2 in fastest laps in Bahrain – the first such occurrence since the 2011 British GP. Unusually, Mercedes’ fastest lap wasn’t within 0.7s of the slower of the two Ferraris 1-2 Years – Frank Williams’ age when he first entered F1 as a team owner, for Piers Courage, at the 1969 Spanish GP at Monjuich Park. Sir Frank turned 73 this week. 27 Seconds – The gap between the fastest Marussia and the next slowest runner in Q1 2.913 Australia, the scene of Kimi Raikkonen’s first of 41 career fastest laps. To put that in context, Felipe Massa, who has 214 career starts, debuted that day. 2002 Lewis Hamilton has now reached 2000 laps in the lead in his F1 career, only the sixth driver in the history of the sport to do so 2000 Years – Romain Grosjean celebrated his birthday in Bahrain, and took points for the second consecutive race. He has now scored more points in 2015 than the entire 2014 29 Races – Force India last got a car into Q3 at last year’s Italian GP, 10 races ago 10 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: