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17 Apr 2017

Sunday's 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix was full of action on track, but there was also plenty going on behind the scenes in the build-up to the race weekend. Here's our round-up of just a few of the highlights...

Congrats to Toto and Susie

Jack Wolff - new son to Mercedes team boss Toto and former Williams tester Susie - already has perfect F1 timing: he waited until the day after a Grand Prix to arrive!


Welcome to Bahrain

From new arrivals to race arrivals - as always, Bahrain laid on all manner of entertainment to make fans feel very much at home in Sakhir.


In the pink

Long-time Ferrari enthusiast and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was one of the famous faces to be found in the Scuderia's Bahrain garage.


Bullish Beatles?

John, Paul, George and Ringo? No, it's Max, Daniil, Daniel and Carlos - the Red Bull boys' alternative take on the Fab Four's famous album cover.


Feeling fruity

Keeping cool in the desert? Which route would you take? Ice cream, or the less conventional Carlos Sainz alternative?


Happy Birthday - Part One

Carlos Sainz takes to Twitter to wish his old man - two-time World Rally Champion Carlos Snr - many happy returns (all 55 of them!)


Easter bunny...

...or Mad March Hare? We'll let you decide. Williams spotted this guy in the wonderland that is the Bahrain International Circuit.


Back atcha Christian!

When Red Bull's Christian Horner suggested that McLaren boss Zak Brown must be mad to let Fernando Alonso race in the Indy 500, this was Brown's response - a reminder of Horner's scantily clad, Superman-style victory celebrations in Monaco a few years back.


Renault's house guest

French DJ and producer Klingande - real name Cedric Steinmyller was a very welcome visitor at Renault.


Choc-car-holic Grosjean?

What better way to celebrate Easter than with a chocolate replica of your cherished F1 car? Though it looks like it's lost it's T-wing, Romain.


We all stand together!

Working with Jolyon Palmer is a tough gig. Not only do you have to prepare the Renault star's car, you also have to keep pace with his punishing F1 fitness routine.


Life's a beach

First chocolate, now soaking up the rays on the sand - it seems Haas's Romain Grosjean was pretty relaxed in the Bahrain build-up.


Where's Kimi?

Renault have some fun with footage of the Enstone team's former driver taking an unexpected detour through the desert after his Ferrari let him down in Friday's opening practice session.


Happy Birthday - Part Two

The last time the Williams founder celebrated a landmark birthday - his 70th - Pastor Maldonado won the Spanish Grand Prix for his team. On his 75th, he might have to be content with cake. Congratulations nonetheless Sir Frank!


A tricky beast to handle

Jolyon Palmer demonstrated his fine touch and delicate handling skills by breaking into Q3 on Saturday - and again on Sunday morning pre-race when he got up close and personal with this bird of prey. Unfortunately his race didn't exactly take off - Palmer slipped from 10th to 13th by the flag...


Fighting fit - Part 1

It turns out Sainz doesn't pull his punches on track or off it - at least if his training videos are anything to go by. He was in the wars again on Sunday, clashing with Williams' Lance Stroll...


A star turn in Sakhir

British supermodel and actress Naomi Campbell was a special guest on the Sakhir grid. Her presence had an impact on the drivers too - at least we *think* that's why Daniel Ricciardo was trying out his best poses...


Track lights out, stage lights on

If the racing action wasn't treat enough, the fans in Bahrain were treated to some of the finest international acts on the planet - including legendary musician and producer Steve Aoki and the king of Latin pop, Enrique Iglesias.


Fight fit, part 2

Less than three months after suffering serious back injuries in his crash at the Race of Champions, Pascal Wehrlein was finally back in action in Bahrain - and he silenced all his recent critics with a fantastic showing to capture 11th in what was his first race with new team Sauber.