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Old 04-19-2012, 11:44 PM
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2012 Bahrain Grand Prix (April 20-22)

Following last year's cancellation, this year's Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead despite ongoing protests in the small state. The first practice session is about to begin but one Force India crew member has already left due to a violent incident earlier in the week.

Force India member leaves Bahrain after incident - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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Hamilton tops the first practice, while Force India is considering calling it a day early for safety reasons:

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1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.572 11
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m33.877s + 0.305 21
3. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m34.150s + 0.578 26
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.249s + 0.677 23
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.277s + 0.705 14
6. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m34.344s + 0.772 26
7. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m34.483s + 0.911 17
8. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m34.552s + 0.980 22
9. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m34.609s + 1.037 17
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m34.847s + 1.275 20
11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.024s + 1.452 22
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m35.268s + 1.696 24
13. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.436s + 1.864 21
14. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m35.497s + 1.925 24
15. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.719s + 2.147 19
16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.929s + 2.357 24
17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.195s + 2.623 20
18. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m36.330s + 2.758 11
19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m36.484s + 2.912 18
20. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.591s + 3.019 20
21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.467s + 3.895 17
22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m38.006s + 4.434 18
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m38.877s + 5.305 19
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m39.996s + 6.424 23

Lewis Hamilton tops first practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
Force India considering skipping FP2 in Bahrain amid safety fears - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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Well played sir....
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Rosberg goes quickest in the second free practice amidst growing off-track controversy.

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1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.816s 35
2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m33.262s + 0.446 26
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m33.525s + 0.709 28
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m33.747s + 0.931 26
5. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m33.862s + 1.046 31
6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.246s + 1.430 28
7. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.411s + 1.595 34
8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m34.449s + 1.633 31
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m34.615s + 1.799 32
10. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m34.893s + 2.077 34
11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m34.895s + 2.079 29
12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m34.941s + 2.125 29
13. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m35.183s + 2.367 33
14. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.229s + 2.413 26
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m35.459s + 2.643 38
16. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m35.913s + 3.097 32
17. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m35.968s + 3.152 35
18. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m36.169s + 3.353 30
19. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m36.587s + 3.771 32
20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.803s + 4.987 33
21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m37.812s + 4.996 28
22. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m39.649s + 6.833 27

Nico Rosberg quickest in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com
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1. Vettel
2. Raikkonen
3. Grosjean
4. Webber
5. Rosberg
6. Resta
7. Alonso
8. Hamilton
9. Massa
10. Shumacher
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Tremendously impressive show from Kimi and Roman for Lotus, more pit stop problems for McLaren, Mercedes did what they could, and kudos to Seb for his first win of the season. So far the season is full of surprises... can't remember the last time F1 was this engaging to watch.
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Tremendously impressive show from Kimi and Roman for Lotus, more pit stop problems for McLaren, Mercedes did what they could, and kudos to Seb for his first win of the season. So far the season is full of surprises... can't remember the last time F1 was this engaging to watch.
Indeed, it has been very enjoyable. We have 5 teams, and maybe 8 or 9 drivers that can win a race.

Di Resta also had a great result which will be less visible due to my man's (Kimi's) great race.

Sad to see Riccardo drop down on the first lap; it would have been interesting to see what he could have done without that incident.

I think Di Resta will replace Schumacher when he leaves again.
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Good season so far.

Lotus doesn't need to be 7mph faster than most the other cars on the straight...with a bit more downforce Kimi probably would have won. Nice having a new team up front though...and having post race Kimi interviews.

What did you guys think of Rosberg's driving? No penalties awarded but I felt he was on the dangerous side of aggressive.
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Good season so far.

Lotus doesn't need to be 7mph faster than most the other cars on the straight...with a bit more downforce Kimi probably would have won. Nice having a new team up front though...and having post race Kimi interviews.

What did you guys think of Rosberg's driving? No penalties awarded but I felt he was on the dangerous side of aggressive.
Doing it once I think was ok, Hamilton being Hamilton was forcing the issue more than it needs to be and thus look much more iffy than it probably worse. I still think moving "once" is a fair way to do it and they should be allow to move once and use up all the track width as long as he was not along side him. Otherwise whats the point of allowing to move once to "defend" if you have to leave him room? But when Alonso tried it I think it was actually more harsh. He moved to defend and then move back to defend again, which is actually blocking.

It was so close for Kimi, would've been nice to see him win...

I thought this was interesting...
Pirelli responds to Michael Schumacher's criticism of its tyres - F1 news - AUTOSPORT.com

I had more or less been supporting the idea of crappier tire to make the racing interesting. But I guess there is probably a line somewhere. The only part of the current rule I don't much care for is the limit of the available tires. You are kind stuck with doing tire saving/conservation both way if you stop more or stop less. I think there should be a strategic option available for using more stops on fresh rubber...
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Schumacher making excuses over his less than stellar finish?
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He did make up 12 places despite that....but I guess he was expecting more...

It will get boring though if for a 300km/90min race they have to drive conservatively for half of that....High degradation tires are fine and dandy if you let people have the options of a) push hard all the time and throw more tires on and have to stop more or b) try to nurse the tire, go slower but stop less. Now though you get a) use more tires but can't push all the time because you will run out, so you HAVE to go slower at some point to eek out a finish(or drop 10 places in 2 laps with couple laps to go) or b) nurse the tire to go slower and stop less....
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He doe make a photos point of that but seems to be the only outspoken one. That all have been given virtually the same set of cards.
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Considering most of the time he makes no effort in criticizing anything publicly, he was probably quite frustrated with it....
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He's had some sort of glitch or cruddy luck in all the races this year IIRC...so a bit of frustration wouldn't be beyond reason.
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