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  • Ferrari boss hails Kimi Raikkonen's return 6 days ago

    Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene welcomed back the Kimi Raikkonen of old on Sunday after the 2007 world champion stepped back on the Formula One podium in Bahrain after a long absence. The Finnish 'Iceman' took a strong second place in the floodlit race at the desert Sakhir circuit for his...
  • Daniel Ricciardo loses 3rd engine of season after Bahrain blow-out 6 days ago

    Sakhir: Four races into the Formula One season, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has already used up three of his four allocated engines and the pressure is increasing on manufacturer Renault. Ricciardo's engine blew spectacularly moments before the end of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, but the Australian driver had just about enough...
  • Formula One: Lewis Hamilton wins again in Bahrain Grand Prix 1 week ago

    Bahrain: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen back on the podium to deny Mercedes another one-two finish under the floodlights. The Briton's flying pole-to-flag victory at the desert track was his third win...
  • Bernie Ecclestone gives Azerbaijan the all-clear 1 week ago

    Manama: Formula One has no qualms about holding a grand prix in Azerbaijan next year despite concerns raised by rights activists, the sport's commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. "Baku? No problem. That's going to be another good race," the 84-year-old told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix, another controversial...
  • F1: Problems keeps on mounting for miserable McLaren 1 week ago

    Sakhir: Despite having two former world champions behind the wheel, McLaren looks no closer to scoring their first points of the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix following a dismal qualifying session on Saturday. After struggling in the afternoon's third and final practice session, Jenson Button's qualifying run was cut brutally...
  • Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Bahrain GP ahead of Vettel April 18, 2015

    Bahrain: Defending champion Lewis Hamilton will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole position for the first time after clinching his fourth straight pole of the season on Saturday, finishing well ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. The Mercedes driver, who leads the Formula One championship after winning two of three races...
  • Lewis Hamilton ends final Bahrain practice on top April 18, 2015

    Manama: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton limbered up for qualifying with the fastest time in final Bahrain Grand Prix practice on Saturday. The Mercedes driver, championship leader and winner of two of this season's three races, lapped the Sakhir circuit on a gusty afternoon with a best time of one...
  • Nico Rosberg fastest ahead of Lewis Hamilton in 2nd practice April 17, 2015

    Sakhir: Nico Rosberg rose to the challenge by lapping faster than Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday. The German, who has been beaten by the double Formula One world champion in all three races so far this season, topped the timesheets with a...
  • Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in Bahrain practice April 17, 2015

    Kimi Raikkonen led a Ferrari one-two in first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday while Formula One champions Mercedes lurked well down the timesheets after doing their own thing. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton was only 16th fastest while Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg was 15th, with Raikkonen and team...
  • Kimi Raikkonen happier than ever at Ferrari April 17, 2015

    Kimi Raikkonen is enjoying being at Ferrari more than ever this season. "I must say, in the past when I was here at Ferrari they were good times and it was a good atmosphere," the Finn, whose 2007 title makes him the Italian team's most recent Formula One champion, told reporters...
  • Lewis Hamilton rejects claims he has asked for No 1 status April 17, 2015

    Manama: World champion Lewis Hamilton vehemently denied that he has requested 'number one' driver status in the Mercedes team and claimed he and team-mate Nico Rosberg are reunited 'without any issues' in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix. Five days after beating Rosberg at the Chinese Grand Prix to extend his lead...
  • Jenson Button hoping for a good step up in Barcelona April 17, 2015

    McLaren are hoping for a boost in Barcelona next month even if Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix is another struggle, Jenson Button said on Thursday. "I think already in Barcelona you'll see a good step," declared the Briton, looking forward to team-mate and double world champion Fernando Alonso's home Spanish race. "We've got...
  • Renault offer no guarantees for Bahrain reliability April 16, 2015

    Manama: Renault say they have done their best to fix the engine problems that blighted last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix but offered no guarantee on Thursday that Sunday's race in Bahrain would be trouble free. "In the short time since the Chinese Grand Prix we have been checking and rechecking systems...
  • Too slow? Bahrain can settle Mercedes argument April 15, 2015

    Bahrain Grand Prix organisers will be rubbing their hands in delight at the prospect of Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg renewing battle at their desert circuit this weekend. Last year the pair served up a thriller under the Sakhir floodlights and now, after each accused the other of...
  • Barack Obama promises 'tough conversation' with Arab allies over security: New York Times April 6, 2015

    Washington: President Barack Obama said he would have a "tough conversation" with America's Gulf Arab allies in which he would promise strong U.S. support against external enemies but tell them they must address internal political challenges. In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman published on Sunday, he said...
  • 'Falcao's confidence will be restored on international duty' March 22, 2015

    Manama: Colombia football team manager Jose Pekerman on Sunday pledged to restore striker Radamel Falcao's diminished confidence when he joins up with his international teammates next week. The Manchester United flop has been named in Pekerman's 24-man squad for Colombia's upcoming games against Bahrain and Kuwait, reports mirror.co.uk. Falcao, 29, has scored...
  • Voting underway in Bahrain amid Shiite opposition boycott November 22, 2014

    Manama Bahrainis went to the polls on Saturday for the first legislative elections since a 2011 uprising, but the vote is being boycotted by the Shiite opposition that led Gulf kingdom's pro-democracy movement. The electorate of almost 350,000 is being called to choose 40 deputies, with Sunnis making up most of...
  • Ambassadors of Gulf Arab states to return to Qatar November 17, 2014

    Riyadh: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Monday said they will reinstate their ambassadors to Qatar after withdrawing them in an unprecedented move eight months ago. The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which also includes Kuwait and Oman, had been rattled by the rift in relations that was widely...
  • Asian Games: Bahrain runner Ruth Jebet regains gold after being disqualified September 28, 2014

    Bahrain's Ruth Jebet regained her Asian Games steeplechase gold on Sunday after a battle over her disqualification for stepping inside the track, an Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) official said. OCA games director Haidar Farman told AFP that 17-year-old Jebet had been reinstated as winner after a review and new medal...
  • Bahrain king praises Indian expatriates September 7, 2014

    Manama: Bahrain's King Hamad has lauded the Indian expatriate community for its contribution in pushing forward the island nation's development. King Hamad bin Isa AlKhalifa made the remarks on Saturday during the twoday visit by India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to attend a forum meeting held on investment opportunities in...
  • India committed to bring back growth: Sushma Swaraj September 6, 2014

    Manama: India is firmly committed to bring back growth and have clear policies, which will facilitate business environment, transparency and speed, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Saturday. "The result is there before you in just 100 days: GDP growth is showing early signs of recovery. Indian economy has bounced...
  • Sushma Swaraj to visit Bahrain on Saturday September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Bahrain on Saturday where she is likely to seek steppedup investment in India from the oilrich country while highlighting wave of new initiatives taken by the new government to spur economic growth. It will be her first visit as External Affairs...
  • TN will approach Indian Embassy to bring back fisherman's body May 24, 2014

    Tamil Nadu Government on Saturday said it will approach the Indian Embassy in Bahrain to bring back the body of a fisherman, allegedly shot dead by pirates recently. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a statement said she had instructed Fisheries Department Secretary S Vijayakumar to approach the Indian Embassy in Bahrain to...
  • Pastor Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez after Bahrain GP crash April 17, 2014

    Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez after picking up a grid penalty for sending the Mexican flying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Venezuelan refused to take the blame for the incident, however, and told reporters in China on Thursday that the spectacular...
  • Force India's Nico Hulkenberg keen to make amends in China April 10, 2014

    The Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend was the best-ever race for Force India but it still left their highly rated driver, Nico Hulkenberg, "disappointed". Sergio Perez pipped Hulkenberg to record Force India's second-ever podium finish at a floodlit Sakhir Circuit. Perez, who had scored a point to Hulkenerg's 18...
  • Force India confident of more podium finishes April 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Sahara Force India deputy team principal Robert Fernly expects his team to remain in podium contention after the Silverstone-squad achieved its first Formula 1 top-three finish in five years at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sergio Perez held off the challenge from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and finished the 57-lap...
  • US team among 2 new entrants set for F1 in 2015 April 7, 2014

    Sakhir: Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says a US - backed team led by NASCAR's Gene Haas are among two new teams likely to join the series next season. Speaking at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, Ecclestone said he held talks with the sport's governing body and there was agreement about expansion...
  • Maldonado handed grid penalty for Chinese GP April 7, 2014

    Pastor Maldonado will carry a five-place grid penalty into the Chinese Grand Prix after the Venezuelan speared his Lotus into the side of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber in Sunday's floodlit race in Bahrain. Gutierrez literally did not know what had hit him after the Mexican's car was flipped abruptly in the air...
  • Force India scale the F1 heights April 7, 2014

    Manama: Force India reached the giddy heights of second place in the Formula One constructors' championship on Sunday after Mexican Sergio Perez secured only the second podium finish in the team's history. The McLaren discard's third place in the floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix brought the added satisfaction of knocking his former...