Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, the anti-government protests look set to continue amidst hightened security at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.
Lewis Hamilton is currently odds against favourite for victory with Ladbrokes, who will offer free bets won the race this weekend.
As we approach the weekend,Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has spoken of the need for damage limitation for him and his team.
Alonso and team-mate Felipe Massa finished 9th and 13th last weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix, showing that after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, Ferrari still have plenty of work to do this year.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, he said: “I am well aware that in Sakhir, we can expect another difficult weekend, which is only natural, partly because of the track characteristics and also because the car is the same one we had in Shanghai.”
“The championship is very open and there are a lot of teams that can aspire to victory, but clearly we need to make a leap forward to be more competitive if we want to aspire to coming out on top at the end.”
Alonso is certainly correct with his latter statement as there are plenty of teams that can secure a Grand Prix victory this year. In 2011, Mercedes were nowhere near victory, but at the Chinese Grand Prix last weekend, Nico Rosberg secured his first race win.
This followed a surprise win for Alonso in Malaysia, so there hasn’t been a driver that has won two races as yet. McLaren are the dominant force though with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton securing five podium finishes between them so far.
This is in contrast to Red Bull who only have 2nd place for Sebastian Vettel in Australia to show for their efforts this season. After two years of dominating, this will be rather frustrating and they will be after a good weekend in Bahrain.
You then have Mercedes who will be determined to prove their win in China wasn’t a fluke. If they can get a podium finish for a second week running, they will start to consider themselves as major contenders in this 2012 Formula 1 campaign.
Overall, another fascinating weekend of Formula 1 awaits and the people of Bahrain can finally see the sport flourish in front of their very eyes.