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F1’s been in Bahrain for 10 years – here’s how it sounded in 2004 (VIDEO)

Apr 2, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

Believe it or not, 2014 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first time Formula One raced in Bahrain. The inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix, like many races that year, was dominated by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.

With the sound of the new era Formula One cars already generating a lot of buzz and discussion this year, we look back to the first time at Bahrain in 2004, with an on-board lap from Juan Pablo Montoya.

This lap may leave you longing for the shrieking, piercing V10-powered BMW of JPM’s Williams, but if nothing else it gives you a chance to hear the past in a present-day post. JPM’s back in the news this year anyway with his much heralded return to IndyCar, racing the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

  1. markdartj - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    What did everyone think was going to happen? You can’t make a Prius sound like a Corvette.

    • midtec2005 - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Well maybe… but it would require some speakers and an mp3 player

  2. mcseforsale - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    YPM needs to be back in F1. He is a great driver. I enjoyed seeing him in person at the 2001 Canadian GP…even though the team didn’t fair so well. As far as Prius vs. Corvette, each comes with an accelerator pedal. Only one is a self-affirmation pedal and one is a FECK-YEAH pedal. You choose which has which.

    • mcseforsale - Apr 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      OOPS, JPM needs to be back in F1.

      • redrock81 - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:16 PM

        Nope. Nope, he doesn’t.

    • indycar02 - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      no, he is trying to get back to where he was when he was in indycar, off the pace in st pete.

  3. rjward1126 - Apr 3, 2014 at 3:17 AM

    - Sound is very important to most of us racing fans. It’s actually a big factor for me even when I buy a car.
    -I also like this “hybrid” technology as we all know that technology developed in racing tends to find its way in to production cars.
    -I agree with the decision to move to the turbo/hybrid cars, it was just poorly executed.

    Here’s my point……The purpose of the fuel saving regulations is for the development of technology, NOT for the actual saving of fuel during formula 1 races.
    -Although I don’t know the details about what’s possible in an F1 car, it would be nice to see something like turbo V10′s (with maybe an even smaller displacement) revving higher. They could still make extremely tight fuel regulations, just not as tight as they are currently. Result: Much better sound and the engineers still work just as hard to develop technology to save fuel…which is what matters. Maybe they would use 5% (total guess) more fuel, but who cares. How much fuel is actually used isn’t the point. It’s the technology developed to save the fuel.

    On a side note, does anyone know if these turbos have a wastegate that opens? If this MG-H works like I think it does, maybe they don’t have a wastegate and just use MGH to slow down the turbine and regulate boost (while also sending power generated from MGH to either the battery or MGK).
    -It does matter when it comes to sound, as anyone who works with turbo engines will tell you. Turbo cars can still scream when the wastegate opens.

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