April 3: Two days are gone and yet another day before we get all the final answers to questions that remain lurking in our minds! To ease the palpable tension that only Time can speak best of, here is a quick peek at what many of Formula 1’s top stars enjoy racing around BIC’s 5.412-kilometre desert track.
Fernando Alonso, McLaren: “I really enjoy racing in Bahrain. It’s been a good circuit for me in the past – I’ve had three victories there – and there are quite a few good opportunities to overtake. There are lots of variables to think about and it’s one of the longest races, which usually produces some kind of drama. Hopefully we can enjoy some close racing and keep ourselves out of trouble.”
Jenson Button, McLaren: “Bahrain is a fun track to drive on. The landscape of racing in the desert after sunset is always really special and brings a new dimension to the spectacle. Everything in Bahrain is always very slick and it’s an impressive place to be. My win there in 2009 is still a great memory and the wide track and run-off areas mean it’s a fun circuit on which to battle. I hope we can mix it with the midfield pack – it’s a very competitive area of the field – so we’ll be pushing hard to get the maximum from our package as soon as we can.”
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber: “The Bahrain Grand Prix is the first night race of the season. I especially enjoy the surroundings under the floodlights, which looks pretty nice on TV. I know the track well from my previous two seasons in Formula 1, but also from GP2, as I have been there many times. Last year I put in a good performance as well as having a strong race. I was going for points, which did not work out in the end due to other circumstances. However, I will take that positive feeling from last year’s race weekend with me.”
As the clock ticks away into the final countdown, enjoy the last of the three glorious days at the Circuit because as they say, ‘All’s well that ends well and the finish is the crown’!