BAHRAIN GP

  • Bahrain GP not the seasonopening race in 2014: Ecclestone July 2, 2013

    The seasonopening race in 2014 will not be the Bahrain Grand Prix, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed, saying that it's "just a rumour" and the race order is expected to remain as it is. "No, we aren't making Bahrain the first race next year," Ecclestone was quoted as saying...
  • Force India's di Resta and Sutil to start 5th, 6th at Bahrain April 20, 2013

    Manama: Sahara Force India recorded their best qualifying performance this season at the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix here Saturday. Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil set the seventh and eighth fastest times but will start the race fifth and sixth on the grid after penalties for Mark Webber and Lewis...
  • Lewis Hamilton handed fiveplace grid penalty April 20, 2013

    Manama: Lewis Hamilton's hopes of a second successive pole position disappeared on Saturday when he was handed a fiveplace penalty on the Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid for an unscheduled gearbox change. Mercedes said they had to make the change after the 2008 Formula One world champion hit a kerb in...
  • McLaren expecting to struggle in Bahrain: Whitmarsh April 19, 2013

    Sakhir: For McLaren, the story is becoming depressingly familiar. Another track and another race it doesn't expect to win. McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were 11th and 13th fastest in the second practice ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Things aren't expected to get much better Sunday, the team...
  • Protesters rally in Bahrain streets before Grand Prix April 19, 2013

    Manama: About 10,000 opposition protesters took to the streets of Bahrain on Friday to push their demands for political change two days before the Formula One Grand Prix that puts the Gulf Arab kingdom in the international spotlight. The atmosphere was largely peaceful as groups of men, women and children...
  • Raikkonen fastest in second practice at Bahrain GP April 19, 2013

    Sakhir: Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen drove the fastest time in the second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, followed by the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel on Friday. Raikkonen, who won the seasonopening Australian GP and lay second behind Vettel in the drivers' championship, was 0.03 seconds...
  • Bahrain race is unifying force, says circuit boss April 18, 2013

    Manama: Formula One is a unifying force for Bahrain and local support for the grand prix is 'overwhelming' despite continuing unrest in the country, circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said on Thursday. Speaking in his office at the Sakhir desert circuit, Alzayani told reporters security arrangements for Sunday's race were the same...
  • Bahrain GP to be held amid rights concerns April 17, 2013

    Sakhir, Bahrain: Formula One returns this week to Bahrain, casting the spotlight on a series that has defied criticism to race on while a bloody, political crisis has engulfed one of the West's most important allies in the region. The Bahrain Grand Prix has drawn less attention than a year ago...
  • Bahrain on 2013 Formula One calendar, New Jersey in doubt September 28, 2012

    London: Bahrain's controversial Formula One grand prix retained its place on a 2013 calendar published on Friday but New Jersey's inaugural race was in doubt. The governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) said Bahrain, whose race this year was overshadowed by violence between police and antigovernment protesters, would be the fourth round...
  • Schumacher handed fiveplace grid penalty April 22, 2012

    Manama: Michael Schumacher will have a fiveplace penalty on the starting grid for the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix after an unscheduled gearbox change, his Mercedes team said on Sunday. The 43yearold German, who retired from the previous Chinese Grand Prix after starting on the front row, qualified only 17th on...
  • Force India denied TV coverage during qualifying April 22, 2012

    Manama: The Force India Formula One team vanished from television screens for the second day in a row at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, triggering speculation that they had been punished for pulling out of Friday practice. The team, some of whose members were caught up in a petrol bomb...
  • Di Resta to start from 10th in Sunday's Bahrain GP April 21, 2012

    Manama: Sahara Force India produced a decent show with Paul Di Resta finishing 10th while teammate Nico Hulkenberg was 13th in Saturday's qualifying session at the Bahrain Grand Prix of the Formula One Championships here. Di Resta will start in the fifth row at the grid on Sunday while Hulkenberg will...
  • Bahrain race should go ahead: Crown Prince April 21, 2012

    Sakhir: Bahrain's Crown Prince says the country's Formula One race should go ahead on Sunday, insisting it serves as a force of good for the divided nation. Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa said on Friday that Bahrain has "real issues" but that calling off the Bahrain Grand Prix would...
  • Force India miss second practice in Bahrain April 20, 2012

    Bahrain: The Formula One team Force India skipped the second practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday due to safety concerns. Deputy team principal Robert Fernley said the decision was made following the first practice and a day after two Force India members left the Gulf nation in the wake...
  • Force India may skip Friday's 2nd practice April 20, 2012

    Bahrain: The Force India Formula One team will limit their involvement in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday and may skip the session altogether for safety reasons, deputy team principal Bob Fernley told reporters. He said the team, some of whose members were caught in a petrol...
  • Bahrain GP: Hamilton fastest in first practice April 20, 2012

    Bahrain: Lewis Hamilton edged Sebastian Vettel in the first practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton clocked 1 minute, 33.572 seconds in his McLaren around the 5.4km Bahrain International Circuit, 0.305 seconds quicker than the twotime defending champion Vettel of Red Bull. HRT's Pedro de la Rosa was a...
  • Force India eyeing points at Bahrain GP April 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Sahara Force India might have missed out on points in last weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, but team principal Vijay Mallya is satisfied with the performance of his side and expects the Silverstonebased outfit to repeat its 2010 showing in Sunday's Bahrain GP. Sahara Force India eked out two points...
  • Bahrain GP is safe, insists Zayed Al Zayani April 17, 2012

    Shanghai: Formula One teams and drivers may be reluctant racers in Bahrain this weekend but they need not worry about their safety, according to circuit chairman Zayed Al Zayani. Speaking to Reuters before the first members of the travelling circus arrived in the troubled Gulf kingdom on Monday, Al Zayani...
  • Ferrari can't fix problems overnight: Alonso April 16, 2012

    Shanghai: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says his team is not "stupid" enough to think they can fix their problems overnight. Ferrari are struggling and failed to build on Fernando Alonso's surprise win at the Malaysian Grand Prix last month, with the Spaniard placing ninth at the Chinese GP on Sunday...
  • 'FIA can't force teams to take part in Bahrain GP' April 10, 2012

    London: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone admitted Tuesday that he was unable to force teams to participate in this month's Bahrain Grand Prix following a fresh outbreak of violence in the Gulf state. Formula One teams are reportedly reluctant to race in Bahrain this season amid...
  • Ecclestone unhappy with Vettel dominance February 26, 2012

    London: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone believes Sebastian Vettel's dominance could be harming the sport and wants this season's title to be decided when Brazil hosts the final race. Vettel became the youngest F1 champion in the last Grand Prix of the 2010 season. But the German Red Bull driver successfully...
  • Ecclestone keen for Bahrain GP to go ahead February 16, 2012

    London: Formula One is showing no signs of slamming the brakes on plans to race in Bahrain in April despite continuing violence in the Gulf kingdom a year on from a forciblysuppressed uprising. Both the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) and commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone made clear after Tuesday's anniversary was...
  • Easy for Vettel, grand debut for Indian GP December 28, 2011

    Over the last five years, Formula One fans have been spoiled by lateseason championship deciders. That wasn't the case in 2011 as Sebastian Vettel won his second straight title with four races to spare. The Red Bull driver did so with a dominance as complete as any driver since Michael Schumacher...
  • 2012 Bahrain GP set for November move: report August 5, 2011

    London: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has agreed to provisionally reschedule next season's Bahrain Grand Prix from March to November because of the uncertain political situation in the country. This year's race at the Sakhir circuit, originally set to open the season in March then controversially switched to Oct. 30 because...
  • Was the decision on Bahrain 'unanimous'? June 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The Bahrain GP reinstatement fiasco has caused considerable embarrassment to the governing body FIA. While the "unanimous" decision by the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on June 3 has come under a lot of criticism from people both within and outside Formula One, it has now emerged that...
  • Ferrari's Felipe Massa wins Bahrain Grand Prix April 6, 2008

    Sakhir: Ferrari's Felipe Massa jumpstarted his struggling Formula One campaign on Sunday by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix for his first victory of the season. Massa moved ahead of polesitter Robert Kubica of BMW Sauber at the start and then held off teammate and new overall leader Kimi Raikkonen to win...
  • BMW Sauber's Kubica claims pole at Bahrain GP April 5, 2008

    Sakhir: Robert Kubica is showing there's another team to be reckoned with in Formula One. Kubica, Formula One's first Polish driver, snapped a FerrariMcLaren monopoly on the top spot and boosted BMW Sauber's 2008 title aspirations after claiming pole position for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. Kubica edged Felipe Massa of Ferrari by...
  • Felipe Massa wins Bahrain GP April 15, 2007

    New Delhi: Ferrari's Felipe Massa won the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, posting his first win of the Championship this season. Brazilian Massa, who started on pole, finished a comfortable first ahead of McLaren rookie Lewis Hamilton. Massa's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikonnen finished third. However, McLaren's Fernando Alonso just couldn't step...
  • Massa on pole at Bahrain Grand Prix April 15, 2007

    Sakhir (Bahrain): Although Ferrari and McLaren again filled the top two rows of the starting grid for the Bahrain Grand Prix, it was their less experienced drivers who were fastest on Saturday. Felipe Massa of Ferrari was timed at 1 minute, 32.652 seconds to take the pole position for the fourth...
  • Hamilton tops practice at Bahrain GP April 14, 2007

    Manama: British rookie Lewis Hamilton continued his sensational start to the Formula One season by posting the fastest time in final practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday. The 22yearold McLaren driver pipped Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by 0.006 of a second with the fastest lap of the weekend so far,...