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17/04/2012

GP2 Series Bahrain Round Preview


When GP2 visits Bahrain this weekend it will be the first time the main series has had a round held at Sakhir.  The circuit has played host to GP2 Asia Series, though it did not hold its scheduled round last season as a result of the political turmoil in the country.

Will the drivers with experience of Sakhir have an advantage?

On the current grid both Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia have won at Bahrain in GP2 Asia Series, and given that both drivers ran well at Sepang if they are both able to fully utilise their experience of driving at Sakhir they could be among the top finishers.  Both drivers benefited from their experience at Sepang, so they could drive well in Bahrain.

Who will win the battle of the Lotus GP drivers?

At Sepang the sprint race saw James Calado take the first advantage over his team-mate Esteban Guti√©rrez, winning the sprint race ahead of the Mexican driver.  Gutierrez should improve on his performance at Sepang, however, as in Malaysia he did not get a chance to learn the circuit in practice thanks to suffering damage to his suspension, which seemingly harmed his qualifying chances.

Who will adapt best to the heat?

Sepang was hot, but Bahrain is something else, and drivers will have to try to adapt to the conditions.  Some drivers have been training in hot countries in order to get themselves used to the conditions they will face - Stefano Coletti, for example, has been in Kenya – and it will be interesting to see if they perform better because of this.  Calado managed to drive the feature race at Sepang without a working water bottle, so he is clearly able to drive in difficult conditions!

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