March 21, 2010

2010 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix In Review, Video

Fernando Alonso on podium after Bahrain GP. Photo from .

The opening race of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship Season took place in Sakhir, Bahrain last Sunday - March 14, 2010. The winner of the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix was Fernando Alonso (Scuderia Ferrari), although it might have been Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing / Renault) as experts had predicted, if Vettel's car hadn't suffered spark plug failure toward the end of the race and landed him in fourth place.

Did that unfortunate circumstance cost Vettel first place, or would two time F1 champion (2005, 2006) Alonso have pulled ahead anyway? Did the rest of the pack come out as expected? For some expert opinions on those questions, driver reactions and total race analysis, I've scooped up some of the articles posted to over the past week. You'll find the title links along with the usual teaser snippets and a race day video below.

Bahrain Grand Prix - selected driver quotes
Posted at on March 14, 2010

HRT’s Karun Chandhok on covering just one lap before retiring; Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel on the technical issues that lost him the lead of the race; and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso on taking first blood in the battle for the championship after winning in Bahrain. All 24 drivers report back on Sunday’s race...

Alonso and Ferrari romp to victory in Bahrain
Posted at on March 14, 2010

Fernando Alonso drove a superbly judged race to emulate Nigel Mansell and Kimi Raikkonen, as he sped to victory on his debut for Ferrari in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix. Alonso chased Sebastian Vettel’s fleet Red Bull fruitlessly in the early stages, when both were running the super-soft Bridgestone tyres, but had an advantage after they had respectively switched to the harder compound on Laps 17 and 16...

FIA post-race press conference - Bahrain
Posted at on March 14, 2010

1st Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), 1h39m20.396s; 2nd Felipe Massa (Ferrari), 1h39m36.495s; 3rd Lewis Hamilton (McLaren), 1h39m43.578s.

Q: Fernando, a winning start for the new relationship with Ferrari. Obviously passing Felipe at the start was key, but just tell us your emotions at the moment.
Fernando Alonso: A very special day for me as coming back to the top of the podium is always special but I think it is even more special with Ferrari with all the history behind the team and all the expectations a driver has when he drives for Ferrari. There is no better way to start the relationship. I am in the best team in the world...

Bahrain race analysis - Ferrari off to a flier
Posted at on March 15, 2010

After spending the last two seasons in relatively uncompetitive machinery, there was a mix of relief and elation on Fernando Alonso’s face following his debut win with Ferrari on Sunday, having displayed at Sakhir the skills that made him a double world champion. Team mate Felipe Massa, in his first Grand Prix since life-threatening injury last July, was not complaining either as he ensured a one-two for the Scuderia, who left McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes firmly in the shade. We take a team-by-team look at the opening round of 2010...

Sebastian Vettel Q&A: It should have been Red Bull’s day
Posted at on March 15, 2010

It’s no secret that Sebastian Vettel hates losing - especially when he knows he should have won. In Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix, his Red Bull started from pole and looked to be not just the quickest car, but also a very tyre-friendly one on an excellent race strategy. That was until technical gremlins intervened. Vettel can only hope it was a one-off and for the German, his season now starts in Melbourne...

Cosworth satisfied after Grand Prix return
Posted at on March 16, 2010

Cosworth are feeling positive after Rubens Barrichello clinched a world championship point at the Bahrain Grand Prix in his Cosworth-powered Williams. The engine supplier, returning to Formula One racing after a three-year absence, provided V8s to four teams in action at Sakhir - Williams, Lotus, Virgin and HRT...

2010 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix - Highlights With Music

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