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Battling for First: The Bahrain 2007 Grand Prix

Aug 17, 2007
Formula One racing in 2007 has exploded with excitement as the third race in the F1 circuit, held in Bahrain, has brought the world's attention to focus on one captivating rookie by the name of Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton, the young British driver, finished second after the Bahrain Grand Prix racing event. To date, Hamilton has finished first, second or third in his first three Grand Prix races, an unprecedented accomplishment.

Fans of F1 racing were treated to speeds in excess of 200 kilometers per hour, as well as hair raising turns and squealing tyres as drivers fought for lead positions in last Sunday's race. F1 racecars can reach speeds in excess of 340 kilometers per hour, many in less than ten seconds under the gifted hands of drivers like Hamilton and Massa.

Those following the fast rise of the rookie Hamilton were not surprised that he managed to latch onto a front-row start during qualifying sessions on Saturday. Having edged out Felipe Massa during the second F1 race in Malaysia a week ago, Hamilton slipped in behind Massa and stayed put for most of the race. As of the close of the Bahrain race, Hamilton shares 22 points in the running for F1 champion with Alonso and Kimi Raikkenen. The winner of the Malaysian Grand Prix last week, Fernando Alonso, finished fifth. After the race, Hamilton commented that he had every confidence that if the race had gone a few more laps, he would have edged past Massa for the lead. Hamilton will have an opportunity to strut his stuff again in the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, to be held May 13 in Catalunya, Spain.

The Bahrain Grand Prix winner, Felipe Massa, had his hands full maintaining his lead after repeated threats by Hamilton's car early on in the race and later, as it came to its exciting conclusion. Hamilton didn't stop for fuel or a tire change until Lap 19, and as far as he was concerned, that stop made all the difference in the race. He did not particularly caring for the soft tires that didn't grab the track, as he would have preferred, he stated after the race.

The Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir made its debut in April of 2004 and holds the distinction as being the first Formula One World Championship racing event to be held in the Middle East. The 57-lap track runs just over five kilometers in length and offers just about a half a dozen sharp turns that serve to thrill thousands of observers who follow the F1 circuit races in person, as well as the millions who tune in to watch this third of nineteen F1 Grand Prix races for this year's championship. Grandstands, built to hold 50,000 spectators, often spill over, as they did again this year, with over 100,000 enthusiastic racing fans in attendance.

The Formula One racing event in Bahrain is held near the island's capital of Manama at the Sakhir racetrack, and the Bahrain International Airport offers easy transportation to and from the racing event on the largest of the Bahrain Kingdom's thirty-six islands. Bahrain, the only Arab state that is actually a group of islands, offers a mixture of white, sandy beaches and plenty of warm sunshine able to accommodate the thousands of visitors to the island each year who come to enjoy the 'Arabian Sheik' atmosphere that the racetrack offers, situated as it is in the midst of desert sands and endless blue skies.
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