The second Formula 1 race of the 2018 season will contest this weekend in the Middle East. The Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix (11 a.m. ET/ESPN 2) will be historic starts for two of the top F1 drivers in the world.
In the last race in Australia, Sebastian Vettel not only got the win in the season opener for the second straight year, but the victory was his 100th trip to the podium. Now, Vettel will make a bit more history this weekend by joining the 200 race starts club. He will become just the 18th driver ever to do so. The German has so far scored four world championships, 48 wins and 50 poles in 199 Grand Prix weekends.
Vettel, is the defending race winner in Bahrain too.
He’s not the only one making a historic start. His current rival Lewis Hamilton will too.
Hamilton, will make more history just by starting the race on Sunday. It will be his 100th for Mercedes, making him the first driver to reach 100 starts for two different teams. The England native made 110 starts for McLaren between 2007 and 2012 too.
Both are likely the favorites to win this weekend, which would be big for them to win in iconic starts.