For the 2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

All you need to know about Round 4 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship > Race 17-19 April…Location Bahrain International Circuit…Debut race 2004…Number of laps 57…Circuit length 5.412 km…Race distance 308.238 km…Lap record 1:31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa 2005)…Left hand corners 6…Right hand corners 9…Race start time 18.00hrs local…Driver numbers Will 28 Roberto 98

Round 4 of the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, the 2015 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, takes the Manor Marussia F1 Team to Bahrain for the first of two visits to the Middle East this season. This race is also the first of three events that take place in floodlit conditions, with the island kingdom and its hot and dusty Sakhir circuit once again set to produce a typically spectacular and unpredictable display of racing.

John Booth │ Team Principal
“After a good race in China last weekend, we head pretty much straight into the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend with the motivation to keep ticking off our objectives one step at a time. We always enjoy a night race as it certainly adds to the spectacle and provides an extra dimension for the TV audience. As usual, the heat, the wind and the sand will be challenging factors, but possibly more so for the practice sessions than the race, due to the later schedule. This track is also one of the most technically severe due to the long straights and the temperatures. We’re looking forward to building on what we have achieved over the past couple of events and to more great racing.”

Will Stevens │ Driver No. 28
“Although a back to back race always presents a challenge for the team due to the quick turnaround, as a driver it is always amazing to be able to get back in the car so quickly. That’s particularly the case after a good race for us in China. Now we’re getting into a good rhythm, I’m really hungry for more so we can keep driving the team forward. Last season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was my first taste of night racing and it was a fantastic experience, so I’m really excited about racing under the floodlights here and to the challenging conditions this track poses for the car and driver.”

Roberto Merhi │ Driver No. 98
“I’m very excited to be racing in Bahrain this weekend. The track looks amazing, particularly at night, and has a pretty interesting set of challenges for the car, due to the track conditions, the heat and the wind. It’s good to be able to get back in the car so soon as we seem to have a good momentum building and it is important that we take advantage of that to keep driving our development programme forward. I can’t wait to get started on Friday.”