Running through just a few of the reasons why we can’t wait for the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix!
1. Racing Under Lights
There are only a few twilight races on the Formula One calendar and the Bahrain Grand Prix is the first of them. Watching cars storming around the racetrack as the sun sets and floodlights bathe the tarmac in a warm glow is a stunning and unique sight, making the weekend that little bit more special as a result.
It also presents some unusual challenges for teams. During this transition from day to night track conditions can change quite rapidly and, because two of the three practice sessions take place in full daylight, setting up the cars and gathering information can be difficult.
2. Battle Continues
The opening round in Australia proved that we've got a real fight on our hands, with Ferrari and Red Bull Racing looking very competitive in 2018. This season looks set to be a close one and that'll be put to the test this weekend in Bahrain.
Of course, it's early days. But the Bahrain International Circuit's mix of characteristics should make for a fascinating battle at the front of the field and we can't wait to resume battle in the desert.
3. Excitement Awaits
While there was more overtaking at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit this year compared to 2017, drivers still found it tough to make a passing move in Australia. The fast but twisty track isn't particularly suited to overtaking and that showed.
By contrast, the Bahrain International Circuit is a track layout dominated by long straights, slow corners and heavy braking zones. We've seen action-packed races there in the past and expect another entertaining show this weekend in Sakhir.
4. Bouncing Back
Australia was a difficult weekend for Valtteri. He showed good speed throughout practice but a Qualifying crash derailed his efforts, putting him 15th on the grid. He recovered valiantly to P8, but it wasn't the start our Fast Finn was hoping for.
But, being the warrior that he is, Valtteri constantly strives to improve and is determined to return to form this weekend. He scored his first F1 pole position in Bahrain last year and always goes well at this track, so watch out for a Finnish fightback.
5. Back-to-Back Action
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting things about the Bahrain GP is knowing it's a back-to-back race, so we have a double dose of F1 action to enjoy over the next two weeks. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?
Back-to-back races add a bit more stress and strain for teams but it's all worth it when there's two consecutive weekends of F1 to enjoy - we're all massive racing fans, after all! So, when the sand settles in Bahrain, we'll know there isn't long to wait for the next round of action...