M onster vs. Red Bull
Is David Coulthard's DTM career in danger? Red Bull should actually finance the use of the Scots in the Mercedes C-Class. But Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz should not have been particularly happy about the big monster advertising on the helmets of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg. Monster is the big competitor in America's energy drink market, which is now also entering Europe. There was mockery from the ranks of Red Bull: 'David's DTM career could have been the shortest of all time.'
Schumi hype at Hockenheim
Michael Schumacher's comeback has already paid off for Hockenheim. 45,000 tickets have already been sold, most of them for three days. The profit zone begins at 50,000. From then on, Bernie Ecclestone also earned. In return for a significant discount. Two categories are already sold out: the most expensive and the cheapest grandstands. Sebastian Vettel's Supershow in Bahrain should further heat up ticket sales.
Todt's rejection of Stefan GP
The FIA has the decision whether to do so failed USF1 team to be replaced by Stefan GP, drove a tough course. The place will remain vacant until 2011. FIA President Jean Todt wanted quiet and not a serial. Stefan GP had not yet paid the $ 25 million bill to vehicle supplier Toyota. Todt's critics interpret personal reasons of the former Ferrari racing director in the rejection. Engineer Mike Coughlan is employed by Stefan GP, the man who works at McLaren had accepted the Ferrari espionage material. Jacques Villeneuve, the man who inflicted the bitterest defeat in Jerez in 1997 in Jerez and made no friends with critical comments in Maranello, was supposed to drive Jacques Villeneuve.
Gascoyne tweeted from the pit wall
The new media are finding their way into Formula 1 more and more. The drivers are particularly impressed by the short message service Twitter. Half the field of drivers provides the fans with information on current events via mobile phone. However, the bird was shot by Lotus technical director Mike Gasconye: During the race, the Englishman announced on the pit wall that pilot Jarno Trulli would have oneLap will come to the tire change later. Imagine something like that at McLaren, Ferrari and Co. ...
Brainwashing for Alonso?
Michael Schumacher defends that new point system that brought him eight points for a sixth place. In his opinion, the old one did not reward the winner enough. 'The new one was only introduced when I won too much for a few years. The small point differences were the only chance to stop it.' Fernando Alonso had long argued against the redistribution because the inflation at points made it impossible to compare them with previous generations of drivers. Suddenly the Spaniard agrees with Schumacher. What kind of brainwashing has worked there?
No work for Prost
Alain Prost had little work in his new role as race steward. There was only one collision at the Bahrain GP. Adrian Sutil and Robert Kubica were able to apologize with visibility problems because Mark Webber's Red Bull had fogged the road. Excess oil burned on the hot exhaust. In the future, too, an ex-driver should always assist the three race stewards. It wasn't Prost's only appearance: 'I'll do it three or four times this season.' Other candidates are Damon Hill, Emerson Fittipaldi, Alexander Wurz and Johnny Herbert.
Honorary Citizens Down Under
Mark Webber flew straight from Bahrain to the next Location to Australia. The winner of the German and Brazilian Grand Prix 2009 made a four-day stopover in his home town of Queanbeyan. Webber was made an honorary citizen and was given the city's Golden Key.
F1 newbies have to accelerate
The FIA wants the 107 percent Reintroduce rule. But since all teams would have to agree to an immediate change in the regulations, which the newcomers would of course not do, the qualification hurdle will not come until 2011. By then, all newcomers should have found enough speed. In Bahrain, only HRT F1 drivers Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok would have failed because of the 107 percent clause. This is measured by the best time in the first qualification round. Fernando Alonso had set 1:54.612 minutes. So all the others should have stayed under 2.02.634 minutes. Senna finished 2:03,240 minutes, Chandhok 2:04,904 minutes.
Lotus is not a McLaren
Heikki Kovalainen answered the question, how good the Cosworth V8 is compared to the Mercedes eight-cylinder is diplomatic: 'The comparison is not fair. The front part of the car is not a McLaren', the Lotus driver saved himself elegantly from the affair.
Force India 'Best of the Rest'
Vitantonio Liuzzi's ninth place at the season opener is proof for Force India team boss Otmar Szafnauer that fifth place in the constructors' place is Season goal notis too high. 'We want to be best of the rest.' In Bahrain it was already Force India.
Preparation on Mount Vesuvius
Mount Vesuvius is the second peak in Sebastian Vettel's series of volcanoes . However, the climb to Naples' Doom Mountain was much less strenuous than the 2008 climb to Mount Fuji in Japan. 'We drove up to 300 meters under the summit and ran from there,' said Vettel, disappointed. 'There's no right way up there because the Italians are too lazy to walk.'
TV dispute about Alonso
Have Wondering why there were so few TV interviews with drivers on the Bahrain grid? The pilots came at the last minute because Bernie Ecclestone refused the physiotherapists the passes for the home straight. Only Fernando Alonso stayed with his car. 'All the TV stations fought for him,' reported BBC man Martin Brundle.
Honors for the world champions
Ross Brawn came one day late to Bahrain. The Mercedes GP team boss had to pay his respects to the Queen on Wednesday before the Bahrain GP. He was named OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to the Kingdom. That is two steps below the accolade 'Sir'. His former driver Jenson Button was also honored shortly before the start of the season. The world champion received the Laureus Sports Award in the 'Breakthrough of the Year' category.
The new official Formula 1 - The watch comes from Hublot. The Swiss manufacturer uses typical Formula 1 materials in its production: carbon, titanium, ceramic and rubber. Anyone who wants to buy the watch has to be well off. You have to shell out 10,000 euros. Hublot boss Jean-Claude Biver was so enthusiastic that he spoke of 'Sir Bernie Ecclestone' at the official presentation of the watch. The Formula 1 boss shrugged off: 'I haven't made it to Sir yet.'
Kimi and Piquet miss the champions party
On the occasion of the 60th birthday of Formula 1, all world champions were invited to the supporting program in Bahrain. Jackie Steward, Mario Andretti and Co. raced across the desert course in their old cars. Only two ex-champions stayed away from the spectacle: Kimi Räikkönen and Nelson Piquet. The excuses: Piquet had allegedly not received a plane ticket, Raikkonen complained of back pain after his rally role in Mexico. Comment from an observer: 'If even Jack Brabham and John Surtees dragged themselves along in old age, the others could have made it too.'
Andretti as backbencher
Mario Andretti would have expected the return flight differently. Due to a change of plan, the former champion suddenly found himself in Gulf Air economy classDirection London Heathrow again. The front part of the plane was already booked. In the past, Americans only flew across the Atlantic when they could sit in the Concorde.
During the photo shoot of the 18 ex-champions present there was a small glitch. Michael Schumacher didn't arrive in time for the group picture and had to be added later via Photoshop.
Timbaland, Sean Kingston & Flo Rida
Around the Grand Prix in Bahrain, the fans were also offered a musical spectacle. The US rappers Timbaland and the RnB artists Flo Rida and Sean Kingston played at various concerts.