The first 'normal' grand prix of 2009 - but little change to the pecking order in Bahrain as Jenson Button won for Brawn again, with Red Bull and Toyota still his main rivals.
The formerly dominant Ferrari and McLaren squads could see light at the end of the tunnel at Sakhir, though. Lewis Hamilton had the best race of his troubled title defence so far, and Ferrari finally got on the 2009 scoreboard in front of its visiting president Luca di Montezemolo.
On a relatively quiet weekend in the paddock, the biggest news emerged from elsewhere, as the British Grand Prix ran into new trouble and Prodrive and Lola hinted at 2010 F1 plans.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.