Formula One and Speedcar in Bahrain

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 by

 

The F1 circus returns to the Middle East this weekend (April 24-26), when hosts the cream of the world’s motor racing talent.

Bahrain is the first of two trips to the region that the F1 teams will make this year, with Abu Dhabi making its first appearance on the calendar in November.

But the Sakhir circuit will get its moment first, with support from the F1 coming from the popular series – itself home to many former F1 drivers – and the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship.

The fourth F1 race of the season sees the newly-formed Brawn GP team looking to continue their unexpected success so far. Championship leader Jenson Button has two wins and a third place so far, with teammate Rubens Barrichello also performing well. But Red Bull capitalised on wet conditions in China last weekend to earn a one-two finish, with Sebastian Vettel leading home teammate Mark Webber.

 

Ferrari and McLaren, the dominant forces in F1 over the last few years, have been lagging behind following technical changes to the rules, and have been working hard to improve their cars. Current world champion Lewis Hamilton has performed well in a sub-standard car, and he will be looking to get back on track as he defends his title.

Other races over the weekend include the final round of the regional Speedcar Series, with five drivers in with a chance of taking the overall title. Gianni Morbidelli currently heads the championship, seven points ahead of reigning champion Johnny Herbert, with Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Vitantonio Liuzzi close behind.

The weekend will also see an exhibition race from the Chevrolet Supercars Middle East Championship.

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