Four former world champions line up on the starting grid to start one of the most exciting and intriguing Formula One seasons for years. Personally, my head is supporting Button or Hamilton, but (as the years tick by) my heart is rooting for the old guy, Schumacher.
Like most major sporting events around the world these days the racing will provide an opportunity for companies to entertain their best clients, and woo potential new ones. The bankers are here in numbers. Regional stalwarts like BNP Paribas see this as an opportunity to grab more business in a part of the world where there is still good growth. Bahrain would have hit 6.5 percent GDP this year without the credit crisis and they still think they will make 4 percent. That's far from shabby compared to Europe.
BNP's local Chief, Jean-Christophe Durand, said even though "we are not out of the woods yet on the credit story, and Dubai will only slowly recover, there is still plenty of potential business in the Middle East for the banks supporting the big infrastructure projects governments are backing."