Formula 1: 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

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Formula 1: 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix Preview
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The 2013 Formula One season has got off to a great start, and the fourth race of the year takes place this Sunday. The Bahrain Grand Prix will be the ninth held in the tiny island Kingdom.

The race was cancelled in 2011 due to the "Arab Spring" protests in Bahrain, and the 2012 race went ahead despite significant opposition from anti-government activists.

This year, there are reports of isolated disorder, but F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone believes the weekend will be trouble-free. We shall see.

Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso go into the race with one win apiece, while the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have shown some promise as well.

McLaren are improving; Felipe Massa is a man reborn, and we can't rule out drivers like Mark Webber or Romain Grosjean either.

Much will depend on who can get the most out of the tyres in the hot, dry conditions.

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