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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

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20162016 Bahrain F1 GP result3rd of April1 Germany Nico Rosberg
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20152015 Bahrain F1 GP result19 April1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20142014 Bahrain F1 GP result6 April1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2 Germany Nico Rosberg
3 Mexico Sergio Pérez
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
India Force India
57
57
57
20132013 Bahrain F1 GP result21 April1 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
20122012 Bahrain Grand Prix result22 April1 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
20102010 Bahrain Grand Prix result14 March1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Brazil Felipe Massa
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
49
49
49
20092009 Bahrain Grand Prix result26 April1 United Kingdom Jenson Button
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel
3 Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
20082008 Bahrain Grand Prix result6 April1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3 Poland Robert Kubica
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
57
57
57
20072007 Bahrain Grand Prix result15 April1 Brazil Felipe Massa
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
20062006 Bahrain Grand Prix result12 March1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Germany Michael Schumacher
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
20052005 Bahrain Grand Prix result3 April1 Spain Fernando Alonso
2 Italy Jarno Trulli
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
20042004 Bahrain Grand Prix result4 April1 Germany Michael Schumacher
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3 United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
57
57
57