Weekend review and results round-up

With so much excitement over the 2010 Formula 1 season, the winter of driver and team changes, the new and renewed rivalries, the return of Michael Schumacher, and the rule tweaks, there was always a danger that the opening round might not live up to the feverish pre-season expectations

Weekend review and results round-up

And unfortunately round one in Bahrain proved more interesting than exciting - had Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull not wilted while leading, allowing Fernando Alonso to lead a Ferrari one-two on his debut for the team, there would have been scant drama in the latter two thirds of the race. That lack of action was the main post-race talking point, with calls for changes to the format already beginning.

Earlier in the weekend there had been much discussion about the new teams' prospects, particularly Hispania's as it raced to get its cars on track. While the debutant crews worked to gain a foothold in F1, others debated reintroducing the 107 per cent qualifying rule to ensure all the newcomers were up to scratch.

As usual with a season opener, there was the threat of a rules storm, and this time McLaren and its vent system was at the centre of it. In the end rivals agreed not to protest, but warned of cost implications as they would all have to develop the devices for themselves.

IndyCar's debut in Sao Paulo provided more than enough thrills and spills to make up for the flat F1 race. With qualifying postponed to Sunday to allow major work on the treacherous track surface, and the race interrupted for 45 minutes by a downpour, this wasn't one for the purists - but the rough edges were overshadowed by the ultra-dramatic lead battle, finally won by returnee Will Power.

The F1 sessions

Sutil tops first practice in Bahrain

Rosberg quickest in second practice

Alonso goes quickest in final practice

Vettel flies to Bahrain GP pole

Alonso takes victory on Ferrari debut

The F1 headlines

Chandhok: New team critics are unfair

Senna finally able to enjoy F1

Rosberg sure he will match Schumacher

Barrichello: 2010 tougher for drivers

FIA re-opens 2011 selection process

New F1 movie set to hit screens in 2011

Whitmarsh: Rivals will copy vent system

Renault criticises FIA's McLaren decision

Rivals resigned to copying McLaren design

Todt in favour of 107 per cent rule

Schumacher says he still needs time

Horner 'desperately frustrated' for Vettel

Vettel hit by engine, not exhaust issue

Changes urged to improve show

Drivers in protest over physios' access

The motorsport action

GP2 Asia: Filippi gives Meritus first GP2 victory

GP2 Asia: Ricci ends DPR's victory drought

V8 Supercar: Tander wins race one in Adelaide

V8 Supercar: Tander runs lean to race two win

IndyCar: Power wins thrilling IndyCar opener

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