Alonso leads Ferrari one-two on debut for his new team; Hamilton third; Schumacher sixth
15 March 2010

Fernando Alonso took victory in F1's season-opening Bahrain GP on his debut for Ferrari.

Alonso, who started third, looked like he would have to settle for second place behind Red Bull's pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel, before an exhaust problem dropped the German down to fourth. The Spaniard's Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa took second to secure a Ferrari one-two. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton completed the podium.

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On his F1 comeback, Michael Schumacher took a solid sixth place, one position behind his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who impressed on his debut for the team. Schumacher finished one place ahead of world champion Jenson Button, who lacked the pace of his McLaren team mate Hamilton.

Red Bull's Mark Webber, Force India's Valentino Liuzzi and Williams' Rubens Barrichello completed the points-scoring positions.

In the battle of the new teams, it was Lotus who came out on top. Both drivers made the finish - Heikki Kovalainen was 15th and Jarno Trulli was 17th. Lotus had been battling with the Virgin team for on-track position, before both of its drivers were forced to retire with reliability issues.

The HRT team completed 20 laps between both its drivers in what was essentially a high-profile test session for the team. The next race takes place in a fortnight's time in Australia.

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14 March 2010

So much for the lack of Renault horsepower making Red Bull uncompetitive..

Vettel fast , Ferrari first , the only surprise was that there was so little drama.

I wonder if Schumi came back for the thrill of racing or the thrill of winning. Will he still be driving if he hasn't made the podium by mid-season ?

14 March 2010

Can't remmember a season opener less thrilling.

14 March 2010

The drivers have said its a boring race, no overtaking, its basically a train, a procession.

Others say it could change as drivers get used to the new challenge of managing the heavy car and the tyres.

14 March 2010

Kubica was unlucky, being shunted by Sutil, a racing incident I suppose, difficult to se where you are going with a face full of smoke.

14 March 2010

Really disappointed with the race; where was the action?

While I commend the 'lesser' teams for their effort, their inclusion (at least at this early stage in the season) made the race seem like a bit of a shambles.

The lack of refuelling hasn't made it any more interesting, and I can see the pit lane 55m restriction becoming problematic.

A more minor point, the in race graphics were lacklustre, what was wrong with the way they did it last year?

All in all this season is not off to a good start, I just hope it improves from here on in.

14 March 2010

Like most of the other people on this thread I found the race extremely dull. The times were really slow throughout the race and you got the feeling that people were too worried about tyre and engine wear to push. With an early tyre stop, the race was effectively over by lap 20 if not before. Schimacher, Button and Webber had a procession rather than a race.

In the press conference Mass was boasting about being able to turn the power down for the last quarter of the race...scarcely something guaranteed to deliver thrills...

14 March 2010

I honestly didn't even know there was an F1 race today. Have been listening to the radio and skimming the occasional news sites and not a peep about it. Good to hear it was as dull as it's ever been.

14 March 2010

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Looks like Webber has came up with the solution to the boredom.

Fill ALL the cars with as much oil as his, and make them fill it up

again every pit stop. :)

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14 March 2010

[quote Broughster]Like most of the other people on this thread I found the race extremely dull.[/quote]

I gave up after a while, went to play Waddington's Formula 1 board game ( spun off twice ) and then chopped up sticks for next winter's roaring fires ... BBC commentator trio were bored to tears too ... if it is going to be like this, roll on a hot summer and no lunchtime tv ... just like 1993 ...

14 March 2010

Well I can't believe I'm saying this (after it promised so much), what a crashing bore this was? It was obvious from Lap 5 that they might as well have painted double white lines down the centre of the track. Wow, something's going to have to be done by mid-season, surely? By Lap 24 I actually gave up and went and started decorating!

F1 should focus on whatever (and I mean whatever) it takes to get cars to overtake each other. It's those do-or-die moments that make it exciting.

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