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Bahrain Grand Prix
19 April, 2013 - 21 April, 2013
Formula One first came to the Bahrain International Circuit in
2004. The newly built Sakhir track is considered to be the centre
of motor sport in the Gulf.
It is one of the safest tracks in the world, with giant run-off areas, which are sometimes criticised because they do not challenge drivers who stray off the track.
Don't expect to see the traditional spraying of champagne by the winners; after the F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain the drivers celebrate with non-alcoholic rosewater (although alcohol is not actually banned in Bahrain).
In 2012, Sebastian Vettel won the race to become the fourth different man on the podium in the first four races of the season, blowing the bid for the title wide open.