Force India relaxed about return to Bahrain

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Force India’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley has said that the team are unconcerned about Formula One returning to Bahrain next weekend despite the on-going tensions in the country.

Last year, two members of the team flew home after they were caught up in one of the protests, and drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta boycotted one of the free practice sessions due to the violence. However, Fernley believes that there will be no problems in 2013.

“Lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place,” he told Reuters. “I am not expecting any issues at all, but there’s bound to be something.

“You’d be a bit foolish to think there’s not going to be some sort of protest and things like that, but that’s good. If Formula One activates some protests and they want to get things off their chests, that’s good as well.”

When asked about the decision to send the two team members home, Fernley explained that the weekend was trouble free otherwise.

“Once we’d got over that initial hiccup, we were fine. It was just that initial part that caused the problems. Once it was dealt with and we settled everything down again, the weekend went to plan for us.”

Action in Bahrain has intensified in the lead-up to the grand prix, but the race is expected to go ahead as normal.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.