Well here we go! The new formula 1 season is off, with the first race in Bahrain tomorrow. Today is the qualifying. Three sessions to get the grid positions. Oh course, one of the most staggering issues this year is the return of Michael Schumacher driving for the Mercedes team, (formally Braun racing). They wanted an old german team but obviously couldn’t do without the genius of Ross Braun. Notably the brains behind Schumacer’s many world titles at Ferrari. Fernando Alonso, Spain’s much admired world champion has fulfilled a life long ambition by driving for Ferrari and has started qualifying on top form. Last season Ferrari were finding it hard to keep pace with the other teams which was a first in current years. Tickets on this event could be pricey, but you can always support your fave via playing บาคาร่า online.
The grid positions are as follows: First pole for the season goes to Sebastian Vettel, second Philippe Massa, (great to see him back in F1 after that horrendous accident last year in Hungary when it was touch and go whether he would survive), third place Alonso, fourth place Lewis Hamilton (2008 world champion), Nico Roseberg is in fifth, which has slightly bemused Michael Schumacher who is in seventh place. Being out qualified by your team mate isn’t that good, especially when you have been world champion seven times. Jenson Button the 2009 world champion is in eighth.
The race starts tomorrow and all eyes will be on Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull Racing team. Last season he performed brilliantly and is rated highly for coming right up at the front at the end of the year.
One of the new rules which will make this season quite unique is that there is no refueling allowed. This is a good thing for formula 1 because it now brings to the forefront the drivers skill. In the last years technology has played such a large part in defining the outcome of the races. A long way from the times of Stirling Moss and Jim Clark in the 1960s.
Even though the technological developments have infiltrated into the production, design and safety specifications of most modern cars it is good that we are going to get back to proper motor racing. All the races at the new Bahrain circuit have been won by drivers in the first four places, so will it be Vettel, Massa, Alonso, or Hamilton? Who knows, and I am not going to predict the outcome as formula 1 is such a fickle sport. We will find out tomorrow.