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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

Bahrain International Circuit layout & records

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.

Bahrain International Circuit layout & records

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
2014 2014 Bahrain F1 GP result 6 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Nico Rosberg
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Sergio Pérez
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Mercedes
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Force India
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2013 2013 Bahrain F1 GP result 21 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Romain Grosjean
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
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2012 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix result 22 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Romain Grosjean
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lotus F1
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2010 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix result 14 March 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2009 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix result 26 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Sebastian Vettel
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Brawn
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Red Bull
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Toyota
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2008 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix result 6 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Robert Kubica
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records BMW Sauber
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2007 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix result 15 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Felipe Massa
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Lewis Hamilton
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records McLaren
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
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2006 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix result 12 March 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Renault
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2005 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix result 3 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Fernando Alonso
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Jarno Trulli
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Kimi Räikkönen
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Renault
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Toyota
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records McLaren
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2004 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix result 4 April 1 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Michael Schumacher
2 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Rubens Barrichello
3 Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Jenson Button
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records Ferrari
Bahrain International Circuit layout & records BAR
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