Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen in Bahrain

Bahraini Breakfast

April 13, 2017

On Thursday morning in Manama, after their usual fitness training session, our two drivers, Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz met up for a typical Arabian breakfast with their opposite numbers at Red Bull Racing, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo. The location was the restaurant and pool at a beachside hotel and in this typical Arabian setting, the racing quartet also met two local Red Bull Athletes.

Abdulla Attiya is a triathlete with a very impressive record. He competes at Elite level and has won several major competitions. His achievements are all the more remarkable as he is still only 18 years old and indeed he was the youngest competitor in the 2015 World Games.

All four of our F1 boys use the triathlon disciplines of running, cycling and swimming, however the other local Red Bull athlete who joined them for a traditional breakfast featuring delicious dates and Arab coffee had more in common with them. Al Faisal Al Zubair is an Omani Motorsports Athlete who has competed in karting and single seaters and is now a strong new contender in the Porsche Middle East GT3 championship, the next round of which takes place this weekend supporting the Bahrain Grand Prix. It was certainly an idyllic setting, with the boys sitting and chatting under an Arabian tent, within sight of the beautiful clear blue sea, fringed by palm trees.

The four sportsmen were not alone, as Red Bull Bahrain had invited a group of international and national media along for an early morning press conference by the sea, which was rather more relaxed than the F1 paddock.

The obligatory photo shoot was organised before the hot Middle Eastern sun got too oppressive and the four Red Bull drivers were lined up for one shot which was reminiscent of the famous Beatles "Abbey Road" album cover, as they all walked across a bridge in single file. After a wet and cold week in Shanghai, all four of our drivers actually seemed to enjoy the photo shoot after the breakfast, soaking up the sun on the beach. From now on, the only sand they will see will be at the side of the track at the Sakhir Circuit, where the action starts tomorrow.