It is one-all as the Formula 1 teams head into the desert this weekend for the fifth Bahrain Grand Prix the third round on the Formula 1 World Championship calendar with McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari having landed a blow apiece in their battle for supremacy in 2008.

Though McLaren currently lead both the drivers' and constructors' world championship tables, however, it is their Italian rivals who look to have the upper hand at the moment, with nobody able to hold a candle to the two scarlet machines last time out in Malaysia, Heikki Kovalainen coming home a distant third and Lewis Hamilton trailing in fifth following a pit-stop delay.

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