Round four of the 2012 Formula One season runs Sunday with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sunday’s race will be the eighth time the F1 series has raced at the Bahrain International Circuit based in Sakhir, Bahrain. The series will return to a length of (5.412 km/3.363 miles) track. The race distance is 57 laps.

Twice the Bahrain International Circuit has staged an F1 season opener. It also hosted the 2006 opener. It also holds the special designation of being the very first Middle Eastern country to host a round of the Formula One World Championship – 2004.

Red Bull’s reigning world champion pipped Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star Hamilton to pole position in qualifying (Saturday) around the Bahrain International Circuit.

Mark Webber lines up on the second row for Red Bull with McLaren’s Jenson Button fourth on the grid, ahead of Chinese GP winner Nico Rosberg for Mercedes.

Hamilton is looking to convert his second place on the grid into victory in the grand prix itself, having claimed podiums from the season’s opening three races.

Tire management will be key and perhaps Ferrari strategy of today will come into play during the race.

Sergio Perez’s car usually carries a Jose Cuervo logo on the side-view mirrors and they are distinctly absent from the car in Bahrain. A man without his tequila is no man at all. Will this be the difference for Juan Perez?

Get ready for the controversial Bahrain Grand Prix 2012.

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