The Formula One circus arrives at Bahrain for the opening race of the season. Having pounded out thousands of laps in testing, it is time to find out which teams have done their homework properly.
With a brand new knock-out concept for qualifying, there could be an interesting grid if any of the teams get their strategies wrong. That said, with the return of tyre changes in pitstops, poor qualifying positions are unlikely to prevent the best cars from showing well, so a good race should be in prospect.
As always at the start of the season, reliability is going to play a part, especially at this hot venue, so don't be surprised if some teams are running strongly, only to discover their efforts coming to naught.