With duststorms more likely than downpours, the Brawn GP team are confident the heat in Bahrain will see them return to the top of the podium.
Their championship leading driver Jenson Button struggled to get heat in his car tyres in Shanghai, but that shouldn’t be a problem in the blistering desert temperatures this Sunday.
Tyres strategy and managements will play a key role again in the fifth race of the season on the Sakhir circuit with the super-soft and medium compounds wheeled out.
These tyres will apparently favour the Brawn team, which makes less aggressive use of its rubber than most of its rivals.
Button, who won the first two races, but lost out to Red Bull drivers’ Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the third at Shanghai last weekend, is feeling confident.
“It’s going to be very hot, very different to most circuits and the tyre temperatures are going to be high,” Button told reporters.
“What we suffered in China with the tyre temperatures, hopefully we will have the opposite here.”
If the sandstorms blow up and cause the race to be called off, it will be the fourth consecutive Grand Prix to have been disrupted by the weather.
In Australia, the light was a problem; in Malaysia the race was abandoned due to the rain and darkness and in China torrential rain caused mayhem on the track.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team