F1 returns to Bahrain

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Mercedes Grand Prix driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, left, talks to Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during a news conference ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

Mercedes Grand Prix driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, left, talks to Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil during a news conference ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives in the paddock ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives in the paddock ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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Marussia F1 Team's German driver Timo Glock sits during a press conference at the Bahrain international circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

Marussia F1 Team's German driver Timo Glock sits during a press conference at the Bahrain international circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

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From top left, Marussia driver Timo Glock of Germany, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland, and on left down McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, Mercedes Grand Prix driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil attend a news conference ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. AP/Luca Bruno

From top left, Marussia driver Timo Glock of Germany, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean of France, Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen of Finland, and on left down McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, Mercedes Grand Prix driver Nico Rosberg of Germany and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa of Brazil attend a news conference ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. AP/Luca Bruno

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McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures in the paddock ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain gestures in the paddock ahead the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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Force India technicians talk to each others at pits at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

Force India technicians talk to each others at pits at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, walks with team technicians at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, walks with team technicians at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain Grand Prix was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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A crew member labels tires in the paddock at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

A crew member labels tires in the paddock at the Bahrain International Circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

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Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany arrives at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

Mercedes Grand Prix driver Michael Schumacher of Germany arrives at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. The Bahrain GP was canceled last year due to anti-government protests. AP/Luca Bruno

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Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg laughs during a press conference at the Bahrain international circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg laughs during a press conference at the Bahrain international circuit in Manama ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix. AFP/Dimitar Dilkoff

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