Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bahrain GP Preview: Will the Bull Rumble Again?

The Chinese GP created history of all sorts for a variety of reasons. First and foremost Sebastian Vettel scored his 2nd GP win and also enabled Red Bull to win its first race and Webber made it sweet by making it a perfect day by scoring 2nd place. The Red Bulls were invincible in the rain and even Brawn GP who during the first 2 races seem to look like they had advanced alien technology was brought to Earth by the Red Bulls.

Bahrain GP will be very different from China as no rain is expected and though Ferrari and Renault are the only 2 teams to have won here things could be totally different this time around as Ferrari would be extremely happy to get 2 cars score points while Renault may see Alonso scoring points but then Nelson Piquet finishing the race without an incident will be a big deal for the team.

Brawn GP and RBR are expected to dominate the race with Toyota and maybe even Williams are expected to give them some competition. Williams have lost out on some easy points during the first 3 races and they would defiantly hope to get a driver on the podium once again. Toyota are highly consistent and though winning could be tough but they still can target podium places.

The German teams are having fixed fortunes, while McLaren seem to see an upswing in fortunes and even with various troubles outside the team, both its drivers managed to score points at China and they would once again be trying to do the same while BMW after a reasonably strong start to the season seem to lack pace and they would be happy with any points scored.

Ferrari has had their worst start to a season since 1981 and if they fail to score points again during the Bahrain GP, well it would be their worst ever start since the inception of Formula One and the team would defiantly start their focus on 2010 rather than waste their time for the current season. Also they are the only team apart from Force India who nearly score points in China to open up their account.

STR has not been talked about much but in S├ębastien Buemi they do have a very good young driver who has all the potential to challenge for the World Championship in the coming years but if he manages to pull off another solid consistent performance he well could be on a roll and well could replace Webber in the RBR team next year. The car’s design is very similar to the RBR team and the Ferrari engine is also an extremely good one to have.

Force India may need luck to score in Bahrain but it is set to be a very exciting race and I do expect Brawn GP, RBR and Toyota to fight out for the race win while Rosberg could sort of provide an upset if luck helps him out. As for the big 4, well if they could score points they would go into the European leg of the season happily.

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