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The Complete 2006 Bahrain GP Review

Many pundits had predicted the 2006 championship would be the closest in years, and the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix did not disappoint. The new qualifying format got the thumbs-up, the race was full of action, and Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher battled it out at the top. All in all, a great weekend for Formula One. Matt Beer reviews the events and results of the first race of the season

Virtually every winter sees predictions that the forthcoming Formula One season will be more open than the last, and will feature a spectacular title fight between several evenly-matched teams.

And virtually every spring, this optimism is crushed when the pacesetting team leave their opposition gasping in the opening rounds of the championship.

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