Circuit designer and engineer Hermann Tilke has been interviewed by the Bahrain police after he was caught speeding on the motorway on Friday evening. Apparently travelling at 150kph on the 100kph limited road, Tilke was taken to the police station and grilled for two hours, but later released without charge after officials realised who he was.
Also in trouble at Sakhir is Kimi Raikkonen, after he was seen making a rude gesture towards American driver Scott Speed. During the afternoon practice sessions, Raikkonen claims Speed blocked him and wasn’t being observant enough, particularly with his rear-view mirrors. Photographs and on-board footage show Raikkonen showing Speed his middle finger. The FIA have let the incident go and no driver will be penalised.
Finally, the Sakhir circuit marshals are in hot water after it took them almost five minutes to attend to Jenson’s stranded Honda on Friday. The RA107 suffered an engine failure and Button parked it up part way round the lap. The Briton didn’t do a great job of clearing the car, leaving it perpendicular to the track, and the result of his poor parking effort was the car rolled backwards towards the flow of traffic. With oil coating the preceeding corner, another car could have very easily lost control and hot the Honda broadside. Thankfully, the Honda was eventually moved out of the way and no one was hurt.