The Running Commentary

Bahrain Race – my hope…

Credit to  Russell Atkins for the race preview below, but as a ardent Mclaren supporter I am hopeful that the boys from Woking pull the rabit out of the hat and get a one two.  This does seem unlikely, but on a dusty desert circuit, with no traction control allowed things could get very interesting. 

Russell Atkins writes for Massa has been tipped to fight back in Bahrain – scene of his fourth overall triumph in the top flight last year – by no less than Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, and with rumours escalating about the safety of his seat at the Scuderia, the man from São Paolo is well aware of the importance of securing a good result this weekend after his failures to score in the opening two grands prix.

McLaren, meanwhile, will simply be hoping they can rein back in the pace displayed by the Prancing Horse in Sepang, but the omens are not promising. Not only has the Woking-based outfit never won in Bahrain – whilst Ferrari has won twice – it is also heading into the desert challenge distinctly on the back foot following its Malaysian drubbing.

Hamilton defeated double world champion team-mate Fernando Alonso en route to the runner-up spot in Sakhir last year, whilst Kovalainen narrowly missed out on a points finish in ninth. The two Silver Arrows stars will perhaps have to watch their backs rather more than look ahead of them this time around, however, with the threat of BMW seemingly getting stronger by the race

Mike • April 4, 2008

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