Mar. 2010

HotelTravel.com Starts Its Engines for First Formula 1 Race at Bahrain Grand Prix

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PHUKET, 3 March, 2010 – HotelTravel.com is revving up its engines for a fast start to the new Formula 1 season, ready to burn rubber with incredible value for money hotel deals for the Bahrain Grand Prix starting 12 March.

HotelTravel.com Chief Information Officer, Olivier Dombey, predicted the 2010 Formula 1 season could be one of the most exciting in recent memory.

“The excitement about Michael Schumacher's return is building for all Formula 1 fans, except possibly for the Ferrari faithful who might view him as a traitor.

“But that only adds spice to the story line. Over the years Formula 1 has consistently proven that it’s bigger than any single driver or team, and there are certainly plenty of new teams and faces joining the sport in 2010.

“HotelTravel.com is delighted to offer F1 fans outstanding value on Bahrain hotels with additional savings on our already rock bottom rates,” he added.

Hotels in Manama located in the city's Central Area that are within easy access to the race venue include Novotel al Dana Resort (from US$ 260 per night), Sheraton Bahrain Hotel (from US$ 257 per night), Gulf Gate Hotel (from US$ 106 per night), Metropolitan Hotel (from US$  106 per night), Gulf Pearl Hotel (from US$ 91 per night), Windsor Tower Hotel (from US$ 83 per night) or the Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE TH /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:14.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Oriental Palace Hotel (from US$  59 per night).***

Last year was an outstanding year for Formula 1 racing, especially as Jenson Button won his first driver’s title that fuelled Brawn GP’s spectacular debut season.

Up to four new teams will join the field in 2010, and there are also a heap of new rules, including a ban on refuelling, narrower front tyres and a revised points system that could help improve the odds for any newcomers. If Brawn could do it in 2009, then any of the new teams could pull off a similar feat this year.

Usually a world championship-winning team does not need a shot in the arm to start a new season. And it seems at the newly-renamed Mercedes team, formerly Brawn GP; Michael Schumacher’s comeback has sent motivation levels through the roof.

The seven-time World Champion has made headlines with his timely return, which sees him teaming up with fellow-German Nico Rosberg, the former Williams ace and son of ex-World Champion Keke Rosberg.

Reigning World Champion Button will also be wearing new race colours when he starts 2010 in a McLaren alongside new partner and countryman Lewis Hamilton, himself a former World Champion. Interest in their all-UK driver partnership should peak around time for the British Grand Prix in early July.

For the Williams team, Rubens Barrichello will join one of the most promising rookie drivers on the grid in 2010, Nico Hulkenberg.  He is expected to be a worthy compatriot or title challenger; Hulkenberg is the reigning GP2 Series champion and has been highly regarded for several years.

Robert Kubica is now racing with Renault from BMW, but his partner at the French outfit has yet to be named. Sebastien Buemi, another driver who finds himself without a partner on his dance card for 2010, will be aiming for another strong performance after a stellar rookie season last year.

Toyota’s exit from Formula 1 was probably a good move; especially since recalling a F1 car would have added insult to injury.

Jarno Trulli has moved on to new team Lotus, where he will join former McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen.  Trulli’s former Toyota teammate Timo Glock is now with Virgin Racing, where he will drive next to Brazilian rookie Lucas di Grassi.

Two new teams, Campos Meta and USF1, have only named one driver each at press time.

Brazilian Bruno Senna, famous nephew of the late Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, joins Campos Meta and is another debutant to keep an eye on. While USF1, the fourth new team making its entry into Formula One, recently named former Renault F1 Team test driver, Jose Maria 'Pechito' Lopez as their main man.

Ferrari, arguably the most popular team of Formula 1, boasts perhaps the most dynamic driving duo of the new season.  Brazilian Felipe Massa is coming back following his injury shortened 2009 campaign to drive alongside former double World Champion Fernando Alonso.

Massa will be behind the wheel for the first time since last season’s Hungarian Grand Prix, where a freak accident left him with a fractured skull, a pounding headache and an extended holiday for the rest of 2009. Alonso will now be his paddock partner after former pal Kimi Raikkonen’s unusual decision to depart the bright lights of Formula 1 for the World Rally Championship.

Only Red Bull Racing and Force India have the same two drivers from last season. Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber will be out to keep Red Bull among the most competitive teams again this year. For Force India, Adrian Sutil and Vitantonio Liuzzi will be hoping to just make it to the grid on race day. While they have shown gradual improvement since their debut year in 2008, Force India lacks enough horses beneath the
bonnet to run with the big boys of Formula 1.

*** All hotel rates are as of 3 March 2010 priced in US$ and subject to change.   -----ends-----

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