The last of the season-opening flyaway races, Bahrain presented a similar style of track to the opening races. Yet still Sakhir presented its own little quirks.
Hosting its fifth F1 race, the desert track challenges the cars with its climate, dust and layout. Having come from Malaysia and an unusually hot Australian race, the teams were well-prepared for the heat.
Without any track testing, the teams have only been able to work on details, mainly to improve reliability problems picked up at the first races.
When F1 first came to Bahrain the problem of the sand was considered to be a reliability issue, with engines and gearboxes suffering from the fine abrasive dust. In practice the engine air filters only needed changing more regularly, and it proved to be the dusty track surface that presented the greater problems for the teams.