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VIDEO – F1 Drivers Meet the Press in Bahrain

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Hear Formula One drivers, in their own words, at Thursday’s press conference held before they take the track at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain, by clicking here.

Felipe Massa(@MassaFelipe19), seated in the extreme right lower row, seems to be staring down the gathered F1 journalists until he’s asked a question about his performance in Melbourne.

Spain’s Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) is still suffering from broken ribs after his 46g impact with the HaasF1 car driven by Esteban Guttierez. Listen to him shrug off thinking about the risks of driving at the limit.

Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen), not happy with Toro Rosso’s handling of the pit, seems to have calmed down after his comments in Australia. But how do you really feel, young man?

France’s Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) is still a little chagrined that, due to the red flag stoppage two weeks ago, his crew never did a green-flag tire change. Still, he was delighted with the debut of the American-owned HaasF1 team. Earlier in the day, he tweeted that he remembers his first-ever podium, which occurred at the desert circuit.

See the video of the Formula One drivers on the Formula One website by clicking here.

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Lewis Franck

In a career spanning over thirty years, Lewis Franck, a former New York attorney, has covered motorsports first as a photographer working for magazines such as Sport Magazine and magazines in Europe. Subsequently switching to writing Franck had a monthly column in Inside Sports, and later worked regularly for Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. He's been a weekly columnist for Sports Illustrated's website and blogs and moderated chats at ESPN.com. Currently, he's a motorsports contributor at Reuters and Autoweek. And now a guest host on SiriusXM/NASCAR and guest PRN's Pit Reporters. An award-winning journalist; he’s written thousands of articles for magazines, newspapers and websites around the world. He’s also currently a US-based motorsports writer for Reuters newswire. In addition to published work, he’s been the color commentator, in Australia, for the local television broadcast of the Surfers Paradise Indy car race. Franck has appeared on the NBC Nightly News, television panel shows and dozens of radio appearances. He’s also a past Eastern Vice President of the American Auto Racing Writer’s and Broadcasters Association. In addition, he handled public relations for the Driver of the Year Award.

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