Will it or won’t it be run, this was the main question with regards to the Bahrain Grand Prix. In the end all was adjudged to be fine although some might disagree, but you know what Bernie says Money talks. The race was broing at the front, Sebastian Vettel took charge and never let it go. The scraps were all going on behind him. Lotus mixing it with McLaren who were mixing it with Ferrari who were in turn mixing it with Mercedes. Throw in a Sauber and a Force India and you’ve got plenty of overtaking and some fun battles on the track. In the end Lotus filled to two remaining spots on the podium. Next up is Barcelona. [42 photos total]

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Red Bull Formula One technicians work on tyres in front of their pit area at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, south of Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen drives during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber drives during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull team practice a pit stop with Formula One driver Vettel during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives in the pit lane during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel cools off as he sits in his car during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel drives in front of Ferrari's Alonso during the first practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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Formula One commercial supremo Ecclestone walks on the paddock with Crown Prince Salman after the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Hamilton drives out of his garage during the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher drives in front of McLaren's Hamilton drives during the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Caterham Formula One driver Petrov goes wide on a corner near Mercedes' Rosberg during the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Massa brakes during the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Grosjean walks in the pit lane after the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Caterham Formula One driver Petrov drives in the pit lane after a pit sop during the second practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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HRT Formula One driver Karthikeyan drives in the pit lane during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Force India Formula One driver di Resta sits in his car during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber and Lotus F1 driver Grosjean drive during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Schumacher cools off in his car during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives out of the track during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Webber drives during the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel, McLaren's Hamilton and Red Bull's Webber pose after the qualifying session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One and Red Bull crew members push their team's cars in the pit lane during the third practice session of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Anti-government protesters hold anti-F1 banners as they participate in a rally in village of Diraz, west of Manama (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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A man smokes next to a wall with anti-Formula One graffiti in a village in Diraz (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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A man rides a bicycle past a wall with anti-Formula One graffiti in a village in Diraz (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa arrives at the Sakhir circuit in Manama to attend the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix (STRINGER/REUTERS) #
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Formula One commercial supremo Ecclestone poses with Crown Prince Salman and FIA President Todt before the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (HAMAD I MOHAMMED/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads at the start of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel drives during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (AHMED JADALLAH/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leads during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel leaves his garage after a pit stop as Lotus F1's Grosjean drives in the pit lane during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (POOL/REUTERS) #
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McLaren Formula One driver Button and team mate Hamilton drive during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Caterham Formula One driver Kovalainen drives in the pit lane with a damaged tyre during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Mercedes Formula One driver Rosberg drives in the pit lane as McLaren's Button leaves after performing a pit stop during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (POOL/REUTERS) #
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Williams Formula One driver Senna drives by a mostly empty stand during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel drives during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Ferrari Formula One driver Alonso and team mate Massa drive during the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Red Bull Formula One driver Vettel kisses his trophy after winning the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (STEVE CRISP/REUTERS) #
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Lotus F1 Formula One driver Raikkonen, Red Bull's Vettel, Lotus F1's Grosjean and Red Bull's principal Horner pose on podium after the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit in Manama (DARREN WHITESIDE/REUTERS) #

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