Fun In The Sun - Bahrain GP 2009

Fun In The Sun - Bahrain GP 2009 Arriving into Bahrain at night is always a relaxing experience. After the chaos of China, it's an easy place to chill in with its mixture of modern and local tradition blending together seamlessly. What with its modern striking skyscrapers complete with wind turbines and space age designs to the soukhs and local kebab stalls that line the crowded streets, to the swanky bars and restaurants where a Lambo or Porsche can get you an instant table and a good deal more...

The Bahrain International Circuit is located about eight miles outside of the city centre in the area known as Sakhir. It's surrounded by desert giving it a dusty feel to say the least. It also gets very hot out here, meaning no rain, lovely...

The Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock locked out the front of the grid, adding a ever increasing blend into the melting pot of unique statistics that is the 2009 season. What with a new team taking pole and finishing 1-2 in its first race, to the first race to be red flagged since Adelaide '91, to Red Bull taking its first 1-2 in China, to Ferrari failing to score any constructors points in the first three races. It's all combining to produce the possibility of an amazing 2009 season as I'm sure the rest of the field will be back on track by the time the European season is well into its stride.

Just after the drivers parade, an extraordinary event took place on the start finish line. Hungarian escape artist David Merlini attempted to break the world record for spending as much time underwater without breathing. His own world record of 20 minutes and 39 seconds was the target. We all stood there for 21 minutes and 12 seconds as Mr Merlini floated in his glass tank in the middle of the desert not breathing.

It's a shame that Toyota blew the race, as it would have been a well-earned reward for years of to-ing and fro-ing they seem to have frustratingly excelled at. It would have also halted the already monotonous winning habits of Brawn, although I'm glad they are winning. The more winners we have the better, if anything, it makes photographing the podium that little bit more unpredictable with fresh flashes of colour.

As far as to who's going to win the championship, don't hold your breath, unless you're name is Merlini of course...

To enjoy my images from the Bahrain Grand Prix, please visit the formula 1 section of the website and select Bahrain 2009.

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