Nico—oh, er, Valtteri Bottas—is on the pole for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will start third, and will hopefully line up in his boxed-off starting spot this time around. The full starting lineup can be found here.
I’m not sure why a Formula One grand prix needs a theme song, but for some reason that escapes us, the Bahrain Grand Prix has one. Please shake that booty to Daffy and Flipperachi’s “3eshha Weyana,” the only Arabic F1 smack talk jam I’ve ever heard.
Can we just talk about how amazing the Haas Formula One team has done in their first season for a moment? Romain Grosjean just took one of their cars—in their second race ever as a team—to fifth place. Somewhere, a bald eagle is shedding a single tear of joy right now for how awesome America’s F1 team is doing.
Today saw the widely unloved Formula One elimination qualifying system given a second chance at the Bahrain Grand Prix. However, the moderate dumpster fire that raged heading into the weekend intensified to a full roar, and no one seems to have the number for Bahrain International Circuit’s fire department.
A fellow was out for a walk during today’s Free Practice 2 session for the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix. Psst, buddy—I think you’re supposed to stay on the other side of that catch fence.
Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix for medical reasons, as doctors say he hasn’t recovered enough yet from a terrifying rollover crash at the Australian Grand Prix.
If you needed a perfect illustration as to why the Grand Prix Drivers Association called Formula One out for its poor decision-making processes, here it is. The FIA put a tweaked version of the borked qualifying system up to a vote—not the system that the teams voted for—and thus, couldn’t get the agreement they…
In today's installment of Cooking Our Way Through The F1 Calendar, Josh and I make Machboos Rubyan, a deliciously fragrant authentic Bahraini rice and shrimp dish. We also get knackered on bourbon, which I'm fairly certain isn't authentic. Oh well, here's how to do it.
Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix under a ton of controversy. Then he finished fourth in China and didn't get the pole for today's Bahrain Grand Prix. This could be considered a "slump" for the triple world champion. But have no fear, he was on the ball today in Bahrain. And there is no controversy.
After threatening and threatening, "Hacktivist" collective Anonymous managed to take down the website of the Formula One Grand Prix in Bahrain this morning, albeit very briefly.
Bernie Ecclestone, the bowl-behaircutted leader of Formula One, sometimes (who are we kidding, all the time) opens his mouth and has stupid things to say.
What's the best way to protest in a country that regularly sells gasoline for less than $1.00 per gallon? You fill tires with bottles of gasoline. Cover those with gasoline. Then throw Molotov cocktails at them. The resulting fire should make it clear how upset you are.
Dear International Media Person,
The man in the image above is a "saboteur" — not a pro-democracy protester.
The riots in Bahrain may have claimed this year’s Formula One race, but who says Grands Prix have to stick to fragile, carbon fiber cars? Cornering speeds may suffer, but explosive rounds shall put a new twist on overtaking. Also, Bernie Ecclestone would look dashing if he paired his trademark white shirt with a…
The Crown Prince of Bahrain informed Bernie Ecclestone today that the season-opening F1 race in that country will be canceled "to focus on immediate issues of national interest." And by "issues of national interest" they mean shooting at funeral processions.
Bahrain's people are crying out for freedom and political reform, which is nice, but it could screw with the F1 opener in the Gulf State March 13th. Fortunately for F1 fans, there's no more ruthless dictator than Bernie Ecclestone.
With a rash of new teams, an unretired Michael Schumacher, and a very balanced field, the 61st season of Formula One has kicked off in the sands of Arabia. Spoilers below.