With just over two hours until the Bahrain grand prix, local weather experts remain open to the possibility of a light sandstorm in the Sakhir desert surrounds.

With just over two hours until the Bahrain grand prix, local weather experts remain open to the possibility of a light sandstorm in the Sakhir desert surrounds.

Temperatures are in the low thirties at the circuit, but it is the wind - forecast for in excess of 22km/h for the mid afternoon - that is raising the prospect of sand in the air.

Winter tests here were disrupted by sandstorms, which are a problem not only for driver visibility but also because the medical helicopter cannot fly.

Track boss Martin Whitaker played down the risk.

"This issue has now been resolved and new equipment has been installed so that the helicopter can fly (in sandstorms)," he said.

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Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo arrived in Bahrain on Sunday morning, staging a meeting with fellow FOTA chief John Howett.

 

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