The Bahrain International Circuit is my track. I’m not exactly sure why: I enjoy driving more old-school venues like Canada’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Japan’s Suzuka more. Yet, I’m particularly fast at the Sakhir event, and I always feel very comfortable in the car there.

Alas, there’s a problem. Like most Formula One circuits, Bahrain has a long front straight. And the team I’ve signed onto for my rookie season, the illustrious McLaren outfit, has fallen on hard times in recent years. The biggest issue is that their Renault-built engines produce considerably less power than those of the leading Mercedes and Ferrari teams.


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