Bahrain: time for a favourite to emerge

Bahrain: time for a favourite to emerge

Amid a wide-open start to F1 2013, even the championship leader isn't looking at the points. But will a standout pacesetter emerge in Bahrain? Edd Straw assesses the paddock mood

After three grands prix, three different teams and drivers have registered victories. What happens in the desert heat of Bahrain this weekend may just prove to be the battle for championship-favourite status.

Aside from wildcard Mercedes, which certainly has a rapid car but has not been able to show the long-run pace needed to win so far, Red Bull, Lotus and Ferrari will likely slug it out to become the first double winner of 2013.

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