Start, Bahrain, 2010

Bahrain campaigns to bring race back

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Bahrain urges Ecclestone to return the race to the calendar.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Dear Bernie, are you listening? (Gulf Weekly)

“The support for Gulf Weekly’s F1 initiative has been overwhelming with VIPS, dignitaries, business executives and celebrities joining ordinary race fans of all ages to make their feelings known.”

The real story behind the FIA?s exhaust clampdown (James Allen)

“While Red Bull and Renault are to be applauded for their innovation, it?s a road that Jean Todt?s FIA doesn?t want the sport to go down. Whiting said in his original letter that they feared an escalation and where that might lead. Better to outlaw the practice now and then make sure its written into the 2012 rules.”

F1 Fanatic on Twitter

“Got some cool features on ‘Senna’ coming up ahead of its UK launch on June 3rd.”

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Overtaking – making the impossible, possible at Barcelona (F1)

“The number of overtaking moves has not only increased significantly compared to 2010, but it has also risen steadily with each race so far in 2011, from 30 total moves in Melbourne (including all types of pass) to 112 in Turkey.”

Byron Young on Twitter

“All this drama about what happened between Adrian Sutil and Eric Lux and I understand a British journalist was at M1NT nightclub that night.”

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Brawn: Schumacher will bounce back (Autosport)

“I have spoken to him since then. We had a lot of technical discussions and he was hassling about what we were doing about the car, what is coming along, what improvements we have got – so nothing has changed. We are optimistic.”

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Comment of the day

Nick Mallard spotted himself in a picture from the Silverstone Wing launch:

Two dashing chaps in the background there!

Oh hang on ?ǣ no, one of them is me!
Nick Mallard

From the forum

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On this day in F1

Olivier Panis scored his only F1 win – and the last for Ligier – in the Monaco Grand Prix 15 years ago today.

An eventful race saw Michael Schumacher crash out on the first lap and Damon Hill and Jean Alesi both retire from the lead.

A late collision between Mika Hakkinen, Eddie Irvine and Mika Salo meant just three cars were still circulating as the race finished: Panis, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert,

Here’s the opening lap which set the tone for a dramatic Grand Prix:

Image ?? Red Bull/Getty images