The race that almost wasn't and probably should not have been. Bahrain was cancelled last year due to human rights protests....shootings in the streets, etc. And I think it should have been cancelled this year too. As from the first race there I have been invited by my friend who claimed that it was safe to come. For three days before the race the people were protesting in the streets. At least one person killed. Two teams had their mechanics chased by protesters. Scary enough that some of them asked to go home. I did read last week that some of the teams were not interested in going. I also heard that all teams were leaving as soon as the race was over. Other than at the start-finish line that stands were empty.

Sebastian Vettel made it look easy. From the start he jumped into the lead and stayed there. Vettel's victory means four different drivers have won the opening four races of a season for the first time since 2003. Second and Third went to Team Lotus, a surprise and a great drive for both drivers. Kimi Raikkonen, back from retirement was hot on Vettel's trail and Romain Grosjean, a new young driver, was on the podium for the first time in Formula One. Mark Webber came in Fourth for the fourth race in a row. Last week's winner, Nico Rosberg, came in Fifth.

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