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    FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

    Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel leapt back into the limelight - and the lead of the world championship - with victory in Sunday's 2012 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The world champion took the lead from the start and immediately out-paced McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and team mate Mark Webber. But it did not take long for the strength of the Lotus team threat to make itself felt.

    First it was Romain Grosjean who came thrusting up to pass Hamilton’s McLaren on the seventh lap. Then team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started 11th, moved up to third as the first round of pit stops began two laps later.

    Paul di Resta, who opted for a two-stop strategy in contrast to the three run by the other frontrunners, led a Grand Prix for the first time for Force India on the 12th lap after Vettel had pitted on the 11th, but thereafter the German was headed only briefly by Grosjean on the 40th lap during the third and final pit calls. But it was by no means an easy ride for the Red Bull driver.

    Raikkonen had forcefully hunted down Grosjean by the Lap 20 and moved ahead on the 24th before immediately pitting. And then the chase began. At one stage Vettel had nursed a 6.3s lead before the second stops, but now Raikkonen was only 2.2s behind, and closing. The gap came down to a second, until on Lap 36 Vettel had to block a determined move for the lead as they went into Turn One.

    It would transpire that was the closest Raikkonen got to victory, however. Both drivers dived pitward on Lap 39, and thereafter Vettel eked out a 2.9s lead straight away, and then built it to a little more than three as the pair of them balanced speed with tyre conservation to the chequered flag. When they got there, the Red Bull was still 3.3s ahead of the Lotus, but Vettel knew he’d been in a fight.

    Grosjean held on to third to finish on the podium for the first time in his revived F1 career, to make it a great day for Lotus, and Mark Webber took a lonely fourth for Red Bull, unable to match his team mate’s pace this day but untroubled by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg who just edged ahead of Di Resta on the 52nd lap.

    Rosberg found himself under investigation from the stewards after two aggressive-looking moves in which he swept from one side of the track in defence of position and seemingly put first Hamilton, and later Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, on to the dirt. Post-race, the German was cleared of any wrongdoing in both incidents.

    The race was a disaster for McLaren. On two of his three stops Hamilton had a problem with the threads on the left-rear hub and lost horrible amounts of time. It was a similar problem to the one that afflicted team mate Jenson Button in China. The first time he dropped from third to 10th, and thereafter he was condemned to an afternoon of chasing rivals in the pack and wearing his front tyres out faster as a result.

    Button was in the thick of battle for fifth place in the closing stages after conserving his tyres, but a left-rear puncture necessitated a pit stop on the 53rd lap, and then he was in again two laps later with a sick-sounding car to retire.

    Di Resta drove a beautifully judged race to take a thoroughly-deserved sixth, and just kept Alonso and Hamilton at bay, though there was a moment of anxiety at the finish as Rosberg almost stopped in the middle of the road as he crossed the line, possibly as a result of mechanical problems.

    Felipe Massa had a much better race and was hounding Ferrari team mate Alonso for a while on his way to ninth and his first points of the season, while Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher made great progress initially from 22nd on the grid after incurring a late five place penalty for a gearbox change, lost a bit of momentum mid-race, then hacked past the Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez to snatch the final point. In that little melee, Perez also overtook his team mate, even though the Japanese driver had fresher rubber.

    It was also a disastrous day for poor Daniel Ricciardo, who dropped straight down from his sixth on the grid to 16th after getting beaten up in the early traffic and subsequently having to pit for a new nose after seven laps. He finished behind team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, while further behind them Vitaly Petrov led home Caterham team mate Heikki Kovalainen. The Finn drove a feisty race after an early clash ruined his strong qualifying position.

    Behind Button, who was classified 18th, Timo Glock was Marussia’s sole survivor after Charles Pic posted the first retirement with mechanical problems, and led home the HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan. Neither Williams made it home. Pastor Maldonado had left-rear puncture and a big spin before retiring, and then Bruno Senna joined him in the garage with mechanical ills.

    Red Bull’s first success of the season, which made Vettel the fourth different winner in four races, puts the champion back on top of the points table too, with 53 to the unhappy Hamilton’s 49. Webber is third with 48, followed by Button and Alonso on 43 apiece, Rosberg on 35 and Raikkonen on 34.

    Red Bull also jumped ahead in the constructors’ rankings, with 101 points to McLaren’s 92, while the other big mover was Lotus who jumped up to third with 57 ahead of Ferrari on 45, Mercedes on 37 and Sauber on 31.

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    Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
    1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 1:35:10.990 1 25
    2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +3.3 secs 11 18
    3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 57 +10.1 secs 7 15
    4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +38.7 secs 3 12
    5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +55.4 secs 5 10
    6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +57.5 secs 10 8
    7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +57.8 secs 9 6
    8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 +58.9 secs 2 4
    9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57 +64.9 secs 14 2
    10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +71.4 secs 22 1
    11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +72.7 secs 8
    12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +76.5 secs 13
    13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 57 +90.3 secs 12
    14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 57 +93.7 secs 17
    15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 6
    16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 18
    17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 16
    18 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 Exhaust/differential 4
    19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 23
    20 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 20
    21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 24
    22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 54 Retired 15
    Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 25 Puncture 21
    Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 24 Engine 19


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    Kimi is officially back. Wonder if he will move back to a top tier team in the offseason, maybe take Schumi's seat. I personally would like to see him back at McLaren.


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    Raikkonen is probably the driver with the best raw speed of all drivers right now. I love his no nonsense approach to F1 and his ability to go fast in every car he drives.
    If his tires would not have given up in China he would have finished in 2nd place there too.
    And Lotus Renault is no backseat team.
    They have resources, and knowledge to build a world champion car.
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    Raikkonen is my favorite driver right now.

    one dead person in Bahrain protest against holding the Bahrain GP so far BTW.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
    Raikkonen is my favorite driver right now.

    one dead person in Bahrain protest against holding the Bahrain GP so far BTW.


    Died saturday already.
    Protesters spooked some members of the Force India team on friday by trowing a Molotov cocktail near their car when travelling to the circuit.
    2 of them left the country, and FI did not participate in the 2nd session of the free practice because they wanted to be in their hotel before sundown.
    Only GP2 needs to stay there for another week, for they have a second race there this saturday.
    Everybody else packed their stuff and left allready.
    Nothing much happened.
    Only 1 super annoying thing.
    ANONYMOUS, the hacking protesters, thought it was a good idea to DDoS the Formula1 site on saturday.
    The site had to take precautions, and thus there was no live timing available on sunday.
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    If i were Eccelstone i wouldn't hold the GP in honor of the people who died there. But it's Eccelstone who brought kissassness to F1 we are talking about.

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    The GP went well and it was one of the best races I have worked in for a long time especially as I was the STARTER Click here to enlarge

    I'll post pics soon, Just have to go through the 18gb worth of pics.

    The best thing about the whole GP was walking into the vending area and seeing people from everywhere and all sides and their kids having a great time. Stands had people in them from all over and I think it was great to see everyone getting along for a change. Even within us Motorsport Marshals it was a beautiful feeling to see everyone hugging each other and greeting each other and working together.

    It was also awesome so see KIMI in action. Great guy Click here to enlarge
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    David where did you get the text from?

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    The Bahrain GP took place as planned even with all the turmoil (which our members who have visited and are from Bahrain say was generated by the media) that was reported and hyped up everywhere. Sebastian Vettel won the race and Lotus-Rentault had a nice finish with both drivers on the podium. Mercedes-Petronas did not do poorly as both Rosberg and Schumacher scored points which is definitely a positive. Rosberg was faster than Schumacher though which seems to be the established trend. The next race is in Spain, May 13.


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    Pos No Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Pts
    1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 1:35:10.990 1 25
    2 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +3.3 secs 11 18
    3 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 57 +10.1 secs 7 15
    4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +38.7 secs 3 12
    5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +55.4 secs 5 10
    6 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +57.5 secs 10 8
    7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +57.8 secs 9 6
    8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 57 +58.9 secs 2 4
    9 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57 +64.9 secs 14 2
    10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 57 +71.4 secs 22 1
    11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 57 +72.7 secs 8
    12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 57 +76.5 secs 13
    13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 57 +90.3 secs 12
    14 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 57 +93.7 secs 17
    15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 6
    16 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 18
    17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 16
    18 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 Exhaust/differential 4
    19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 23
    20 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 20
    21 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 55 +2 Laps 24
    22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 54 Retired 15
    Ret 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 25 Puncture 21
    Ret 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 24 Engine 19




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    Im sorry guys been so tired and have add so much stuff to catch up on. I'll try again tonight to resize n upload pics in a new thread.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    Im sorry guys been so tired and have add so much stuff to catch up on. I'll try again tonight to resize n upload pics in a new thread.
    No worries, lives don't revolve around this site! Well, other than mine.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    David where did you get the text from?
    It was the official text from the Formula1 site.
    I had no inspiration nor time to write my own version.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    It was the official text from the Formula1 site.
    I had no inspiration nor time to write my own version.
    No worries, I missed you included the source earlier.

    I have to include my own text Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    Rosberg was faster than Schumacher though which seems to be the established trend
    Well, Mercedes dropped the ball big time on Schumacher. First of all in qualifying, they guestimated wrongly in not letting him get another go in the first stint, although he had made a small mistake in his best lap. All midfield teams do a qualifying time on the softer tire in Q1, so they get into Q2. Ferrari started this, and all midfield teams do this now. MS set his time on the harder tire, and it was not good enough.
    So his grid position was 18 to start with. Then Mercedes decided he needed a gearbox change, which set him another 5 places back on the starting grid. Starting from 23rd place, a 10th place finish (thanks to Button dropping out on the penultimate lap) is not that bad.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
    Well, Mercedes dropped the ball big time on Schumacher. First of all in qualifying, they guestimated wrongly in not letting him get another go in the first stint, although he had made a small mistake in his best lap. All midfield teams do a qualifying time on the softer tire in Q1, so they get into Q2. Ferrari started this, and all midfield teams do this now. MS set his time on the harder tire, and it was not good enough.
    So his grid position was 18 to start with. Then Mercedes decided he needed a gearbox change, which set him another 5 places back on the starting grid. Starting from 23rd place, a 10th place finish (thanks to Button dropping out on the penultimate lap) is not that bad.
    I did not know all of this and that is all very important but Rosberg's laptimes were faster weren't they?

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
    I did not know all of this and that is all very important but Rosberg's laptimes were faster weren't they?
    Yes, but he had more trackspace and was quite a lot faster then Paul di Resta. After he overtook him he had nobody in front. The gap to Webber was 20+ seconds.
    Schumacher was in constant battle with Perez, Hulkenberg and Kobayashi in his last stint (having battled his way through the entire field) which he managed to overtake before the finish.
    He did allright considdering the pace of the Mercedes in the hot weather.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports Click here to enlarge
    I'll try again tonight to resize n upload pics in a new thread
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