Bahrain Grand Prix

  • 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...
  • McLaren's Dennis rebukes Sebastian Vettel for swearing April 7, 2014

    McLaren head Ron Dennis criticised quadruple Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel on Sunday after the Red Bull driver described the sound of the sport's new V6 turbo engines as 'shit'. The German driver had made his opinion clear at a news conference at last weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix when asked...
  • Formula One standings after the Bahrain Grand Prix April 7, 2014

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday after a thrilling duel with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. The win was Hamilton's second in a row and also a second successive one-two for dominant Mercedes. Mexican Sergio Perez was third for Force India, who also have Mercedes engines....
  • Force India on Bahrain GP podium as Sergio Perez finishes third April 6, 2014

    Sergio Perez scored Force India's second ever podium in the team's seven-year history after the Mexican driver finished third in the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton clinched victory after he overtook team-mate and pole position man Nico Rosberg at the...
  • Lewis Hamilton edges Nico Rosberg to win Bahrain Grand Prix April 6, 2014

    Lewis Hamilton beat Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg after an intense race-long duel to take victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The two Mercedes were predictably in a different league to their rivals and recorded their second one-two finish in eight days after victory last weekend in Malaysia. With no team...
  • Mercedes can lead F1 changes too, says Bernie Ecclestone April 6, 2014

    Formula One needs to make rule changes to placate angry fans but leaders Mercedes must not be punished for doing a better job than their rivals, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday. "Mercedes, without any doubt, have done a better job and they shouldn't be punished for doing a good...
  • Sutil to start at back of F1 grid in Bahrain April 6, 2014

    Manama: Sauber's Adrian Sutil was relegated to the back of the Bahrain Grand Prix starting grid on Saturday for forcing Romain Grosjean's Lotus off the road in qualifying. Race stewards handed the German a five place drop from his 18th place, as well as two licence-style penalty points, for the incident. Grosjean...
  • Mercedes boss rejects talk of rule changes April 6, 2014

    Manama: Mercedes motosport head Toto Wolff has dismissed as 'absurd' suggestions that Formula One could rewrite its rules just because some teams have failed to make the most of new technology. Ferrari and champions Red Bull have been particularly vocal critics of the new V6 turbo era that has seen the...
  • Force India's Perez to start 5th, Hulkenburg 12th in Bahrain April 5, 2014

    Sakhir: Sahara Force India continued their impressive run in the 2014 season with Sergio Perez qualifying a superb fifth on the grid even as Nico Hulkenberg's last lap was good enough only for 12th place. Perez though will start from fourth position since third-placed Daniel Ricciardo will go down to 13th...
  • Nico Rosberg beats team-mate Lewis Hamilton to Bahrain Grand Prix pole April 5, 2014

    Sakhir: Mercedes locked out the front row for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Nico Rosberg claimed pole position on Saturday, qualifying ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Rosberg's time of 1 minute, 33.185 seconds at the Bahrain International Circuit was a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton, who had to abandon...
  • Mercedes quickest in final Bahrain Grand Prix practice April 5, 2014

    Sakhir: Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued to dominate the new Formula One season by setting the pace in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, while world champion Sebastian Vettel had a rare session-ending spin. Hamilton, who won last weekend in Malaysia, was quickest with a time...
  • Red Bull slam new Formula One engine rules April 5, 2014

    Sakhir: Red Bull master designer Adrian Newey has mocked Formula One's new engine rules, claiming they have produced slower cars without achieving the intended green goals. Speaking ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, Newey - who designed the cars that won Red Bull the past four drivers' championships - said the...
  • F1 must accent positives of new era, says Pat Symonds April 5, 2014

    Manama: Formula One needs to focus on the positives of its new turbo era rather than talking itself down, Williams technical head Pat Symonds said on Friday. Speaking ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, Symonds warned that criticism of the rule changes from within the sport risked a backlash similar to...
  • Mercedes' Hamilton, Rosberg dominate Friday practice sessions in Bahrain April 4, 2014

    Bahrain: Mercedes further demonstrated their early-season dominance by outpacing their rivals in Friday's practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, indicating the team is well poised for a third straight win to start 2014. Lewis Hamilton followed up his victory last week in Malaysia by having the fastest time in both...
  • Mercedes drivers fastest in Bahrain Grand Prix practice April 4, 2014

    Sakhir: Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg set the fastest times in Friday's opening practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix, making them once again the team to beat in Sunday's race. Hamilton set a best time of 1 minute, 37.502 seconds around the Bahrain International Circuit, a quarter of...
  • Ferrari lead push for F1 rule changes April 4, 2014

    Sakhir: Ferrari are ramping up the pressure on Formula One authorities to change the sport's rules, saying a company survey shows most fans are unhappy with the new direction of the sport. Ferrari released the findings on Thursday, ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, where their cars are expected to...
  • Bahrain honoured to have Tendulkar for F1 night race April 4, 2014

    Sakhir: Cricket may not be a popular sport in Bahrain but the small Gulf nation is honoured to have batting legend Sachin Tendulkar for its first Formula One night race this weekend. The government-backed Bahrain Circuit (BIC) has confirmed that motorsports enthusiast Tendulkar will watch the race on Sunday. It was earlier...
  • Bahrain race will be thirsty work for Adrian Sutil April 4, 2014

    Adrian Sutil will be racing in the Bahrain desert without a drop to drink on Sunday after deciding to remove the water bottle from his Sauber Formula One car in a bid to shave off weight wherever he can. The German is one of the biggest drivers on the starting grid...
  • Williams apologise to drivers, fans for team orders April 3, 2014

    Williams apologised to their drivers and Formula One fans on Thursday for a clumsy, and ultimately failed, attempt to impose "team orders" in Malaysia last weekend. Deputy principal Claire Williams told reporters at the Bahrain Grand Prix that the team had erred in asking Brazilian Felipe Massa to let team mate...
  • Perez hopes Bahrain can make up for Sepang snooze April 3, 2014

    Force India's Sergio Perez hoped Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix would mark the real start of his Formula One season after dismissing last weekend's Malaysian race as "boring" on Thursday. The Mexican did not start at Sepang due to a gearbox problem and spent the afternoon watching as a spectator instead. It...
  • Ferrari say it will be hard to catch Mercedes April 3, 2014

    Sakhir: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has conceded that his team will likely be playing catch-up to Mercedes throughout the Formula One season. Speaking ahead of this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, which will be a night race for the first time, Domenicali said rival engine manufacturers Mercedes and Renault have an...
  • Mercedes set for hat-trick of wins at Bahrain Grand Prix April 3, 2014

    Manama: The switch from a steamy Malaysia to a night race amid the sands of Bahrain is unlikely to be enough of a shift to prevent Mercedes this weekend from a hat trick of victories to open the Formula One season. After Nico Rosberg won the season-opener in Australia, his teammate...
  • Vijay Mallya calls for improvement in car for podium April 2, 2014

    Sakhir: Sahara Force India have made a solid start to the 2014 Formula 1 season but more needs to be done for the coveted podium finish, said team boss Vijay Mallya ahead of Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. The Silverstone-squad finds itself in fifth position in the team standings after...
  • Sachin to attend Bahrain Grand Prix with family March 24, 2014

    Dubai: Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar will be in the visitors gallery to watch the Bahrain Grand Prix scheduled to be held next month. Bahrain's first-ever Formula One night race will be held at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from April 4 to 6. Tendulkar, who retired from all forms of cricket last...
  • Bahrain tests lighting for F1 night race November 29, 2013

    Bahrain circuit officials will test a new floodlight system this weekend as part of their plans to turn their 10th anniversary Formula One Grand Prix into a night race next year. Bahrain International Circuit chief executive Salman bin Isa alKhalifa said in a statement on Friday that a round of the...