Upon arrival in the Formula 1 paddock ahead of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, there was only one subject that anyone could talk about: Fernando Alonso’s shock entry to the 101st Indianapolis 500.
The news took the racing world by shock on Wednesday, with one of F1’s biggest names signing up to enter one of motorsport’s most prestigious events, putting all other stories to one side.
Alas, there is still a race going ahead this weekend and a championship to be fought for, with the latest battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel set to take place under the lights in Bahrain.
With all the news and interviews from the paddock in Sakhir, NBCSN F1 insider and pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.
In part one, we talk to the man of the hour – Alonso – about his plans for the Indy 500 and his preparation, with a little over six weeks to go until he goes racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In part two, we hear from Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen following a tricky start to the 2017 season, with the four-time champion team on the back foot compared to rivals Mercedes and Ferrari.
Finally, we catch up with three-time champion Hamilton ahead of his renewed battle against Vettel under the lights in Bahrain, a race he has won twice before.