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Bahrain International Circuit layout & lap records

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

Lap Record

Lap Record:1:31,447 min
Date:3 April 2005
F1 Driver:Pedro de la Rosa
F1 Car:McLaren MP4-20
Speed:213,055 km/h

Pole Record

Record Pole:1:28,769 min
Date:16 April 2017
F1 Driver:Valtteri Bottas
F1 Car:Mercedes W08
Speed:219.581 km/h

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Bahrain onboardlap
Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit Layout
Bahrain Grand Prix circuit

 

Bahrain Circuit: three corners in detail

Mainstraight Bahrain International circuit

Mainstraight Bahrain circuit

The Bahrain Internaional Circuit is a typical Hermann Tilke circuit with a lot of long straights and slow corners. The cars drive clockwise, just like most circuits are designed.

In 2010 the track used an extended piece of circuit. Because the race wasn't more exciting it was never used again. Since 2014 the race is being driven after sunset. Floodlights are used to light up the track for TV and the drivers. Racing in the dark is also less warm and exhausting for the drivers.

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.

The lap records set by Schumacher in the first race on this circuit, still stands on this day. Will it ever be broken?

 

Previous F1 GP Winners on the Bahrain International Circuit

YearRaceDateDriverTeamLaps
20182018 Bahrain F1 GP result8th of April1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Finland Valtteri Bottas
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20172017 Bahrain F1 GP result16th of April1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Finland Valtteri Bottas
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20162016 Bahrain F1 GP result3rd of April1st Germany Nico Rosberg
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20152015 Bahrain F1 GP result19 April1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
20142014 Bahrain F1 GP result6 April1st United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2nd Germany Nico Rosberg
3rd Mexico Sergio Pérez
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
India Force India
57
57
57
20132013 Bahrain F1 GP result21 April1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
20122012 Bahrain Grand Prix result22 April1st Germany Sebastian Vettel
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
20102010 Bahrain Grand Prix result14 March1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Brazil Felipe Massa
3rd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
49
49
49
20092009 Bahrain Grand Prix result26 April1st United Kingdom Jenson Button
2nd Germany Sebastian Vettel
3rd Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
20082008 Bahrain Grand Prix result6 April1st Brazil Felipe Massa
2nd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3rd Poland Robert Kubica
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
57
57
57
20072007 Bahrain Grand Prix result15 April1st Brazil Felipe Massa
2nd United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
20062006 Bahrain Grand Prix result12 March1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Germany Michael Schumacher
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
20052005 Bahrain Grand Prix result3 April1st Spain Fernando Alonso
2nd Italy Jarno Trulli
3rd Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
20042004 Bahrain Grand Prix result4 April1st Germany Michael Schumacher
2nd Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3rd United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
57
57
57

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