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Bahrain International Circuit layout & records

Bahrain Circuit Details
Location: Sakhir, Bahrain
Race: Bahrain Grand Prix
Used Since: 2004
Type: Closed Circuit
 Lap Dist.: 5.412 km

Lap Record

Lap Record: 1:30,252 min
Date: 4 April 2004
F1 Driver: Michael Schumacher
F1 Car: Ferrari F2004
Speed: 216,075 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole: 1:29,848 min
Date: 3 April 2005
F1 Driver: Fernando Alonso
F1 Car: Renault R25
Speed: 216,846 km/h
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Bahrain Circuit: three corners in detail

Mainstraight Bahrain International circuit

Mainstraight Bahrain circuit

Turns 1 & 2
The first corner is actually very tight as the driver brakes down from over 330kph to just over 60kph. Delivering the correct engine braking support to square up the rear of the car without creating too much 'push' is the aim as the driver will need a stable car under braking but must still be able to turn in. Engineers will do this by tweaking the engine maps.

Turns 11 & 12
After a slow exit from Turn 11 the track goes uphill into Turn 12 so as well rapidly switching direction, the car is also climbing. This therefore puts the oil system under pressure as the fluids in the system move from side to side very quickly but are also squashed down in the tank as the altitude increases. To avoid engine starvation, where the oil moves away from the pumps, engineers will check the minimum levels in practice.

Pit and mainstraight Bahrain International Circuit

Exit corner 15 Bahrain Circuit

Turns 14 & 15
The driver must get the exit of Turn 14 completely right as it falls slightly off camber as it enters Turn 15; running wide will compromise the acceleration down the long straight.

Getting correct gear ratios helps in this respect, but finding the right balance is never easy as the circuit has a variety of corner speeds. Finding the sweet spot in the engine is therefore tricky, particularly on different fuel levels and pending DRS and KERS release patterns.

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on the Bahrain International Circuit
Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2015 2015 2015 Bahrain F1 GP result 19 April 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
2014 2014 Bahrain F1 GP result 6 April 1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
India Force India
57
57
57
2013 2013 Bahrain F1 GP result 21 April 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
2012 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix result 22 April 1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
2010 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix result 14 March 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
49
49
49
2009 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix result 26 April 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
2008 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix result 6 April 1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Poland Robert Kubica
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
57
57
57
2007 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix result 15 April 1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
2006 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix result 12 March 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
2005 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix result 3 April 1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Italy Jarno Trulli
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
2004 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix result 4 April 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
57
57
57