Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix


Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit
Circuit Length: 5.407 km (3.360 miles)
Race Length: 57laps
Details: Permanent racing facility
Corners: 15
Lap Record: 1:30.252 (Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 2004)
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Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix

One of the most unique destinations on the calendar due to its location, the imposing desert backdrop significantly influences track conditions over the Grand Prix weekend at Sakhir. The blowing winds intermittently blast desert sands onto the circuit which inevitably pose certain challenges for all but the leading driver as they pursue their counterparts and their cars are faced with air infused with damaging sand particles. As such, grip levels are another casualty of the sand and are reduced when sand settles on the track making all but the racing line slippery, a problem that has only been made greater with the switch back to slick tyres, and which results in little overtaking.

The track is a complex mix of twenty-two slow and medium speed corners connected by three high speed straights, the fastest of which will see the cars peak at 303 km/h (188 mph) at the end of the pit straight going into turn one.