Bahrain Grand Prix

Rivals have no answer to dominant Sebastian Vettel in Bahrain Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium. Photo: EPA

Defending triple world champion Sebastian Vettel opened up a clear lead at the top of this year's title race yesterday when he cruised to victory for Red Bull in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Monday, 22 April, 2013, 3:38am

Controversy lingers as F1 heads to violence-wracked Bahrain

An anti-F1 protester flashes the 'V' sign after setting tyres on fire in a village on the outskirts of the Bahraini capital yesterday. Photo: EPA

Formula One moves to Bahrain this weekend, with the Grand Prix in the tiny, resource-rich Gulf kingdom again taking place against a backdrop of long-running dissent and continued protest. Groups protesting the race have put up makeshift roadblocks and barricades of burning tyres during clashes with security forces in the violence-wracked nation.

19 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Ecclestone faces potentially torrid time at Bahrain Formula One

Children hold anti-F1 placards in a village near Manama. Photo: EPA

It's going to be, as Alex Ferguson so memorably once put it, "squeaky bum time" this weekend. It won't be the 71-year-old manager of Manchester United clenching his buttocks holding on to an injury-time lead, but the 82-year-old ring master of Formula One.

18 Apr 2013 - 4:05am

Ecclestone rejects protest fears at Bahrain race

Graffiti in a Barbar village calling for a boycott of the Bahrain F1 race. Photo: EPA

Ecclestone said he could see "no reason" why the race, which was cancelled in 2011 after an uprising but went ahead despite demonstrations last year, should not be a success.

16 Apr 2013 - 5:04am

McLaren wheel gun crew in firing line

How stressful is your job? Do you get home and need either a lie down in a darkened room or a stiff drink - or possibly both? If you think your job is full of pressure, spare a thought for the poor McLaren mechanic who has charge of the rear left wheel gun in Spain this weekend.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ecclestone doesn't seem to see the real issue in Bahrain

Apparently the Bahrain Grand Prix is much like the Brazilian race. Not in terms of the exciting, anti-clockwise Sao Paulo track. Not in terms of the history and heritage of Brazilian motor sport or even the fanaticism of the fans. No, the two are similar only in security terms.

19 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Let's hope Shanghai lives up to this spicy F1 season

If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all, is 'Thumper's law' from Bambi. Perhaps Sebastian Vettel should be reminded of the principle after his spat with Narain Karthikeyan.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Spring heralds end to waiting game

The early flowers are out, the trees are starting to blossom in glorious pinks and yellows. The sun is warm on your back and higher in the sky. You can tell it's spring in middle England, where the majority of the Formula One teams are based. And if you were to ignore nature, there would still be a couple of indicators that winter has run its course.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

At journey's end, time for some gongs

So here we are then. The end of a long, long season finds us a month away from Christmas. It's hard to believe that we eventually started the season in March (no thanks to Bahrain). When the first race in Australia actually got under way, most observers back then would have found it hard to believe that Sebastian Vettel would prove to be so dominant.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Vettel racing like a world champion

I remember the bad old days. I was presenting Formula One on Star Sports when Michael Schumacher seemed to win every race. It was dull. That's not a word that can describe 2011 so far. With all the overtaking, pit stops and general excitement of the new season, many seem to have overlooked that another German is dominating race weekends from start to finish.

26 May 2011 - 12:00am

Pit Stop

It's not a good time to be a Ferrari fan. Given Manchester United's Wembley woes at the weekend, it's a fair bet that many Asian sports fans are pretty miserable at the moment.

22 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

New kid on the block

Kazuki Nakajima went back to the dinner table, closed-mouthed, but perhaps with a glimmer in his eyes. At a restaurant in Tokyo, Nakajima fielded a phone call.

25 Nov 2007 - 12:00am