Believe it or not, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first time Formula One raced in Bahrain. The inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, like many races that year, was dominated by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.
With the sound of the new era Formula One cars already generating a lot of buzz and discussion this year, we look back to the first time at Bahrain in 2004, with an on-board lap from Juan Pablo Montoya.
This lap may leave you longing for the shrieking, piercing V10-powered BMW of JPM’s Williams, but if nothing else it gives you a chance to hear the past in a present-day post. JPM’s back in the news this year anyway with his much heralded return to IndyCar, racing the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.
The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.
Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.
Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.
The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.