The question is, is Massa really that bad or is this car that much of a dog? Can't really use Alonso as a yard stick. That guy can really drive anything no matter how bad it is.
Steve brings up a good point, and one that I've been thinking about a bit in the last few days. As a tv audience that bank rolls Bernie's world, should I not watch Bahrain? Am I supporting the bloodshed if I do? Like Steve said, I'm absolutely passionate about this sport (in fact for me it's the only professional sport I'm passionate about), but I feel wrong watching it. What are the rest of you guys going to do?
No idea why you people are so up against Bahrain. Imean places like Sao Paolo are far more dangerous with more people getting kidnapped and killed every day than in Bahrain. Yet, everyone is happy seeing races in Brasil every year.
Of course, track in Bahrain is sh1t but that's a different issue alltogether
Even KL is dodgy. When you look at the homeless living on the rail tracks between the airport and the city and consider how much money was spent on the track, it becomes obvious that F1 isn't in any way considerate of human rights.
I guess Bahrain is more a current crisis than the others right now.
This is getting further and further away from the issue at hand. Bahrain residents are under direct immediate attack from a government determined to hold onto its power. The scale of the violence at present is worthy of protest.
Sebastian Vettel's 2012 struggle looks set to continue for now.
It has emerged that, despite the reigning back-to-back champion preferring the launch version of the RB8, Red Bull has decided that Vettel will drive the latest specification of the car's exhaust layout in Bahrain this weekend.
Vettel had hoped modification guru Wayne Leng could offer Newey some advice, but Leng's car purchasing commitments have precluded this taking place.
In China, the team allowed Vettel to go back to the previous spec, while Mark Webber qualified better and finished higher with Adrian Newey's latest developments.
"He can't get the confidence he needs with the car," admitted Helmut Marko on Austrian Servus TV, "and this makes him make uncharacteristic mistakes."
Nonetheless, Red Bull has decided that the 'Webber-specification' exhaust is the right way forward.
"We will go on with the Mark Webber car," Marko confirmed.
As for why the team's Australian driver feels more comfortable in the updated car, Marko surmised: "Mark is less sensitive to the (car's) behavior.
"He just needs two wheels, but it's different for Vettel," he said.