FANS in Bahrain have tipped British driver Lewis Hamilton to go down in history as the first driver to claim a third consecutive Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One title.
The closest to Hamilton’s possible achievement is Spanish driver Fernando Alonso, who managed to win the title three times in a span of six years.
“Hamilton has been the best man, in the best car in recent years. He’s a fan favourite and he loves the track, it suits his driving style,” said 16-year-old Feras Fayez.
“Hamilton is a very aggressive driver, he likes to brake late and Bahrain’s track turns are very good for that. He’s been successful in the past and I see no reason why he shouldn’t win it easily this time again. He’s a fan favourite at the moment,” added Feras speaking about the three-time world champion.
Hamilton, 31, currently races for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team alongside German driver Nico Rosberg.
“I think with 43 career wins, 88 podiums and 50 pole positions, Hamilton is on course to writing history on the Sakhir course,” said sports journalist at KingFut Marwan Ahmed.
“Over the course of the last couple of years, Hamilton has shown what he has to be a top-notch driver,” added Ahmed, who flew in from Egypt to attend the race.
Another Hamilton fan showed high expectations for his performance during the race.
“I’ve always thought Hamilton could win any race he wanted to if he worked hard enough for it. He was unlucky not to win in Australia but I think he’ll be back to winning ways in Bahrain,” said Salma Amer, an architecture student.
However, Ahmed Emad, who works as an engineer at Dar Al Takhteet, spoke about his expectations for Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebestian Vettel.
“I think Vettel has been unlucky in recent time but I always thought he did well in Bahrain. I think this year is going to be the year he comes back hard into the competition,” said Zahran.
Vettel had won four consecutive world championships from 2010-2013. He also managed to win the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012 and 2013 while representing Red Bull-Renault finishing ahead of Lotus-Renault’s Kimi Raikkonen both years.
Even though Raikkonen had quit Formula One for a couple of years before his return, his fans remained loyal.
Ahmed Wagih had been a supporter of the Finnish racer prior to his move to NASCAR in 2009 but only felt more confident that the experience gained at NASCAR can only make Raikkonen better.
“When he made the move from Formula One to NASCAR, I stopped watching. Kimi Raikkonen was the only reason I used to enjoy the Formula One races. However, when I knew he was making a move back to Formula One in 2012, I started supporting him again,” said Wagih.
“I don’t expect him to win, he’s had a tough race in Australia, but he managed second place in Bahrain last year, so hopefully he can improve on that,” he added.