2024 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix

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WHO ARE YOU ROOTING FOR IN BAHRAIN THIS WEEKEND?


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The long winter break is finally over, Formula One is back! With more drama taking place over the break than an episode of a British Soap show, here is everything you need to know heading into the first race weekend of the year.

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The winter break has come to an end. Pre-season testing is complete. The teams, drivers and cars are all rearing to go. But who comes into this weekend with high expectations? Red Bull is the obvious choice, but if free practice is anything to go by at all; it won't necessarily be plain sailing for the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

Is History Due To Repeat Itself?

The Bahrain International Circuit is located just outside the growing metropolis of Sakir. The Grand Prix layout, identical to that used in pre-season testing just one week ago is a 5.4-kilometre track comprised of 15 corners, most of which involve heavy braking zones. This circuit is considered to be one of the more challenging venues for cars and drivers especially due to the heat. A perfect ground for testing and the opening round of the season.

Looking back to the 2014 race, could we see the rejuvenation of Sergio Perez to give Max Verstappen a duel in the desert? Or maybe Charles Leclerc or Lando Norris will be the chosen ones?


Last year in Bahrain, Verstappen and Red Bull cleared off into the distance to claim an easy first win for the Dutchman. His Mexican teammate, Perez, followed him home for a one-two. Mercedes and Ferrari especially will be on a mission to disrupt the Red Bull party in Sakhir this year.

2024 Testing Winners And Losers

Winner: Ferrari
Carlos Sainz came out of Testing in front, but a lot can change between the end of testing and the first race weekend. The Prancing Horses are always strong pre-season, but can they retain this pace consistently throughout the season? Will Sainz be 100% committed come the second half of the season with his future up in the air?

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Loser: Alpine
Eighth in the mileage standings, Alpine have kept their proverbial cards close to their chest. Team boss Bruno Famin said they completed their planned programme – however, they clocked up 200 fewer kilometres compared to what they achieved last year.

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Winner: RB
Perhaps the dark horse of pre-season testing, RB came out of the gates kicking with Daniel Ricciardo putting the team inside the top five on each of the last two days of running. With a front and rear end adopted from the 2023 Red Bull, there's no doubt that both Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda will be close to the front.

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Loser: Aston Martin
Before you get your pitchfork and torch, hear me out... Aston Martin showed a mediocre and inconsistent pace throughout the testing days. However, a car that is designed around receiving upgrades could mean that the best is yet to come for Lawrence Stroll's beloved Astons.

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So who do you think Bahrain will favour? Will Red Bull reign supreme again? Or can Ferrari and Mercedes upset the balance of Verstappen's charging bull?
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This forum and a forum in a completely different niche among my life-long hobbies come up every now and then with toxic postings leaving a nasty vibe.

I'm usually too good doing that sort of thing. However, once has to be the first to make such a statement:

I'm looking forward to watching even more of my old VHSs from the 80s and 90s this season.

I'll say no more.
(Although I certainly could)
 
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I'm rooting for the FIA dealing with the recent allegations properly instead of patching it over.

On the racing side, I'm always a McLaren fan so my default position is for a Lando win, but realistically that Red Bull is an absolute work of art and appears to be leagues ahead of everyone else. I just hope for a good season of close racing amongst the other cars.

I feel for the drivers but Haas can come dead last every time.
 
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Netflix' Drive to Survive now has Danica Patrick and Claire Williams as experts giving their hollow and shallow comments about this BS F1 is nowadays... That says it all, and what have the people doing this show been smoking lately...
Probably it's the same stuff that the people in command at Liberty Media consume every day. F1 is so dead to me.

Anyways, I keep watching D2S, it's a good lough while doing sport in the morning...
 
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Netflix' Drive to Survive now has Danica Patrick and Claire Williams as experts giving their hollow and shallow comments about this BS F1 is nowadays... That says it all, and what have the people doing this show been smoking lately...
Probably it's the same stuff that the people in command at Liberty Media consume every day. F1 is so dead to me.

Anyways, I keep watching D2S, it's a good lough while doing sport in the morning...
With all due respect sir, if you watch the 'Drive to Survive' drama than you will only reaffirm their (liberty media's) belief that their doing all the right things.
 
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Anyways, I keep watching D2S, it's a good lough while doing sport in the morning...
Quoting myself, it's fo r a good laugh.
With all due respect sir, if you watch the 'Drive to Survive' drama than you will only reaffirm their (liberty media's) belief that their doing all the right things.
I have a Netflix abo, what can I do... ;)
I would cancel Netflix immediately, but then I would be in real trouble with my wife...
 
Netflix' Drive to Survive now has Danica Patrick and Claire Williams as experts giving their hollow and shallow comments about this BS F1 is nowadays... That says it all, and what have the people doing this show been smoking lately...
Probably it's the same stuff that the people in command at Liberty Media consume every day. F1 is so dead to me.

Anyways, I keep watching D2S, it's a good lough while doing sport in the morning...
At least Claire Williams makes sense in that she mostly commented on how things were impacting the Team Principles, which she does have some experience with. Bad experience, but experience none the less.

D2S is entertaining and the ontrack footage gets me pumped for the upcoming season.
 
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Drive to survive, is a very fun watch !!
Kardashian show is fun as well and we already had one. Why turn F1 into Kardashian show?

Toto Wolff is the Kim Kardashian of F1, a sick egomaniac
 
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Kardashian show is fun as well and we already had one. Why turn F1 into Kardashian show?

Toto Wolff is the Kim Kardashian of F1, a sick egomaniac

I don't watch and my wife doesn't watch the Kardashian show, so I really can't say for sure, but somehow I don't think there is much racing in the Kardashian show. I also don't think it would be that much fun for me to watch; which is why I don't watch it.

But like I said, I've never seen it.
 
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Kardashian show is fun as well and we already had one. Why turn F1 into Kardashian show?

Toto Wolff is the Kim Kardashian of F1, a sick egomaniac
I think the idea is great especially now that it will start to merge with our movie stars when coming to Miami & Vegas (and maybe more ! !) We might even see the Kardashian live in the mix as well ! Cant wait for D2S SE7 :)

Don't be so judgemental ill.

Rooting for Stroll !
 
I think the quali results from last year's first session were representative for the final outcome. 9 cars in half a second this year. If that holds, it shapes up to suck much less than 2023.
 

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