Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012. Image courtesy of skysports.com
The 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix takes place at the Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday, despite calls for the race to be called off due to violent pro-democracy protests taking place in the country. It isn’t the first time that a desert race has been under threat, with this event cancelled in 2011 and last year’s only going ahead after the FIA (Federation International de l’Automobile) made assurances that the Kingdom was safe.
German Sebastian Vettel won here twelve months ago and will be bidding to extend his lead in the driver’s standings over Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso after finishing off the podium at the Chinese Grand Prix last week. Alonso won that race by over 10 seconds and will be confident of backing that result up with another good showing in the Gulf state, having won here more times than anyone else. The Spaniard is a three time winner of the race having won for Ferrari in 2010 and Renault in both 2005 and 2006. Jenson Button is the only other driver in the field to have won here in the past, having been successful in 2009.
Mark Webber will be up against it at Bahrain having been penalised three grid positions for his collision with Jean-Eric Vergne in Shanghai last week, while Esteban Gutierrez will drop five positions for running up the back of Adrian Sutil on the fifth lap of the Chinese Grand Prix.
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