Ecclestone expects trouble-free Bahrain race

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Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, Bahrain, 2012In the round-up: Bernie Ecclestone expects no problems with the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix.

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No concerns about Bahrain Grand Prix, says F1 boss Ecclestone (Reuters)

“I think they (both sides) are talking now anyway… so I don’t think they’ll upset the talks by making protests. It didn’t help them last year, so if they had any brains they’d just get on with their talks.”

Hamilton can win title Stewart (BBC)

“Yes, they can win races. Lewis will drive the living daylights out of whatever car he’s got.”

Preview ?ǣ 2013 UBS Chinese Grand Prix (Sauber)

Nico Hulkenberg: “The circuit in Shanghai is not particularly one of my favourite tracks, nevertheless it?s a demanding one, especially the first few corners and the corners before the back straight.”

2013 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix preview (McLaren)

Jenson Button: “We know where we?re losing performance, so I think we?re actually all looking forward to seeing just what we can achieve in Shanghai.”

Rookie diary – Marussia?s Max Chilton (F1)

“It’s still quite surreal to stand next to the like of Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso on the drivers’ parade but a lot of the drivers are pretty welcoming and I haven’t felt out of place. I’m sure in a few races it’ll feel totally normal.”

Lewis Hamilton explains F1 drivers’ race seats (F1 Fanatic via YouTube)

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@Tango considers Eric Boullier’s thoughts on team orders:

When you put it in Boullier?s perspective, team orders don?t seem bad at all (but you have to accept that F1 is a business, not a sport). Namely, even at the beginning of the year, if one of your drivers can let the other one past as easily as possible when one is clearly faster than the second, overall team performance dictates that the team orders the driver ahead to do so. Pure logic really.

This line of thought has a caveat: it should work for both drivers, be situation based (who is faster during said portion of the race) and potentially reciprocal even during a single race if speed of drivers alternate during the race.

Descartes is not dead. Boullier pursues a proud French tradition of rationalising irrational subjects (but obviously I disagree completely: drivers should race all along, whoever is behind/in front).
@Tango

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On this day in F1

Giancarlo Fisichella scored his first F1 win for Jordan a dramatic, rain-hit Brazilian Grand Prix ten years ago today.

The race was red-flagged after separate crashes by Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso scattered debris across the main straight.

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93 comments on Ecclestone expects trouble-free Bahrain race

  1. Joey-Poey (@joey-poey) said on 6th April 2013, 14:07

    Good to see F1 drivers played just like I did at 5! Just replace the F1 cars with Indy cars and you have my childhood right there.

  2. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 6th April 2013, 14:32

    Sorry LAK got, distracted Happy Birthday:)

  3. We arrive at the Bahrain situation again. The protestors are just using the race to get attention, like the students who tried to protest the race in Montreal back in 2012. Personally, I’m on F1′s side: go to a track and race.

  4. B@rney said on 6th April 2013, 18:54

    Regarding your headline, that Bernie Ecclestone says he expects a trouble-free Bahrain in no wise is an indication of whether Bernie Ecclestone expects an trouble-free Bahrain.

  5. The protestors are using the F1 race to get publicity, and when F1 leaves everything goes quiet. Besides that, they barely get international attention.

  6. LAK (@lak) said on 7th April 2013, 5:58

    Thaank you @keithcollantine for the Birthday shout out and @Funkyf1 for your wishes!! Means a lot 😊 Haha it’s ok @Funkyf1 and expected :)

    A Bahrain row on the day of my Birthday how fitting lol! I was too busy celebrating just saw the round up. I’ll try to read though them and comment later on ;)

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 7th April 2013, 11:06

    Happy birthday @LAK – even if the wish is a bit late by now, I hope you had a very nice day :-)

  8. LifeW12 (@lifew12) said on 8th April 2013, 1:51

    Bahrain is a total waste of time, circuits crap, the atmosphere is nil, there are next to no spectators, the scenery looks bland and somewhat creepy and although the Pirelli tyres will save the race, it looks like being yet another Red Bull borefest.

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