Beneath the royal weddings, Formula One races and other events that bore many normal people (myself included), the Anglo-Bahraini relationship is purely material. Bahrain has at least ten years of oil reserves left, and produces 40,000 barrels a day, representing a serious resource pool for British energy needs.
Marussia designer Pat Symonds has addressed the recent concerns over the prize money payout as only the top 10 team will receive any compensation for the performance in the series. Symonds, a long-time F1 man, says that things are very difficult at the team and suggests that all but the top four teams are feeling the economic crunch.
In reality, Bahrain has an extremely complex political and societal fabric that needs to be understood. The vast spectrum of opinions consequently led to the formation of 21 political societies, all whose voices need to be considered to ensure change by consensus.
Let's face it, Kimi Raikkonen shows no sign of heading for the nadir of his popularity and grip on F1 fans the world over. They guy can simply do no wrong no matter how terse, curt, snippy or vulgar he gets.
Fernando Alonso and Ferrari made up for a poor performance in Malaysia by storming to victory three weeks later in China. The race made up for a boring and ruined race caused by Sebastian Vettel and his ignorance, but it was by no means the best so far.
Christian Horner refuted implications that there could be a conspiracy at Red Bull as Mark Webber suffered a disastrous weekend in China. The Australian was the center of controversy after the Malaysian Grand Prix where his teammate, Sebastian Vettel, disobeyed team orders and took the win from Webber's pre-race plans.
Rush, directed by Ron Howard who has described himself as a huge motorsport fan, details the events that transpired during the 1976 German Grand Prix which nearly ended reigning world champion Niki Lauda's life. The film was often talked about, but the first official trailer recently got released.
It seems like a script each year, the Bahrain Grand Prix gets close and the social media fires up with anti and pro sentiments spamming timelines and pages with pictures of oppression (from who knows where) and placid city streets from days unknown.
There are no two ways about it - racing tracks are cool. Even when there are no cars on them, just looking at the chicanes and the straights brings home the smell of burning rubber and the excitement that goes with it.
The little details that go on during a race, like the use of team orders, mostly go unnoticed by the fans as there is no way of interpreting tactics, like telling a driver to push or go easy, without knowing the context of what the team's actual race plan is.
Sebastian Vettel took it upon himself to win the Malaysian Grand Prix regardless of what the team or Mark Webber had planned. With 10 laps to go in Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix, Vettel ignored team orders to take the lead of the race away from teammate Mark Webber.
If you've been watching Formula One for some time now, you'll know that when Mark Webber isn't happy about something... he says it. The Australian F1 driver did not mince words at this weekend's practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix when his Red Bull RB9 chassis experienced high tire degradation.
The conventional theory is that you can discern very little from winter testing and that notion carries over to the first practice session of the firs...
This weekend the 2013 season starts in Melbourne, Australia and we get to see whether any great strides have been made during the off season. I'm only going to make one prediction in this preview and that is who will win the title: Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing. I am NEVER correct at making predictions so... go Vettel!
As a life coach and lawyer I have had to counsel many people on both the emotional, legal and financial fall-outs from relationships gone sour. What I have noticed often ends up being the most painful for my clients is when they feel that irrespective of their partner's behaviour, ultimately the heartbreak and ensuing chaos is down to their own lack of foresight.
Advanced degradation is nothing new for Pirelli as the sport of Formula One mandated that they, as a sole supplier, provide a tire that rapidly degrades to add excitement to the racing. It is antithetical to the very nature of a tire company and Pirelli should be applauded for their efforts.