It’s an unreal location for Motorsport: Bahrain has just hosted the opening round of the 2010 Formula 1 season. The circuit didn’t look to be thronged with anything in the way of crowds: fortunately there will still be hundreds of millions watching the live transmission and the inevitable highlights later.
So what’s new? Well, not very much in the way of leading teams and best drivers – except for the reappearance of Michael Schumacher – but the combination of the two looks, in one case, ominous.
When he was struggling with a clearly uncompetitive car at Renault, Fernando Alonso was still regarded as the best pound-for-pound driver in F1. Now that he has his hands on this year’s Ferrari, he’s proved it beyond doubt. He won today’s race with ease.
There is a rumour that the Prancing Horse may yet have reliability issues this year. But if they don’t, Alonso might just run away with it. After all, the select circle that won for Ferrari first time out includes Juan Manuel Fangio, who was also the best of his time.