Bahrain International Circuit layout & lap records

Bahrain Circuit Details
Location: Sakhir, Bahrain F1 circuit wiki info & track details Bahrain
Event: 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: 1:27.264 min
Date: December 28th 2020
F1 Driver: Lewis Hamilton
F1 Car: Mercedes W11
Speed: 223.267 km/h

Onboard Lap F1 Video

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Bahrain International Circuit

Bahrain International Circuit Layout

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Description

 

Bahrain Track: three corners in detail


Mainstraight Bahrain International circuit

Main straight Bahrain circuit

The Bahrain International 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 330 km/h to just over 60 km/h. 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.

Turns 14 & 15

Pit and mainstraight Bahrain International Circuit

Exit corner 15 Bahrain Circuit

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?

Podiums

 

F1 Podium Winners on Bahrain Circuit

Year Race Date Driver Team Laps
2020 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix November 29 1th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Netherlands Max Verstappen
3th Thailand Alexander Albon
Germany Mercedes
Austria Red Bull
Austria Red Bull
57
57
57
2019 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix March 31 1th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Finland Valtteri Bottas
3th Monaco Charles Leclerc
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
2018 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix April 8 1th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Finland Valtteri Bottas
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
2017 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix April 16 1th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3th Finland Valtteri Bottas
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
2016 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix April 3 1th Germany Nico Rosberg
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
2015 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix April 19 1th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th Germany Nico Rosberg
Germany Mercedes
Italy Ferrari
Germany Mercedes
57
57
57
2014 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix April 6 1th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
2th Germany Nico Rosberg
3th Mexico Sergio Pérez
Germany Mercedes
Germany Mercedes
India Force India
57
57
57
2013 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix April 21 1th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
2012 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix April 22 1th Germany Sebastian Vettel
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th France Romain Grosjean
Austria Red Bull
United Kingdom Lotus F1
United Kingdom Lotus F1
57
57
57
2010 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix March 14 1th Spain Fernando Alonso
2th Brazil Felipe Massa
3th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
49
49
49
2009 2009 Bahrain Grand Prix April 26 1th United Kingdom Jenson Button
2th Germany Sebastian Vettel
3th Italy Jarno Trulli
United Kingdom Brawn
Austria Red Bull
Japan Toyota
57
57
57
2008 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix April 6 1th Brazil Felipe Massa
2th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
3th Poland Robert Kubica
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
Switzerland BMW Sauber
57
57
57
2007 2007 Bahrain Grand Prix April 15 1th Brazil Felipe Massa
2th United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
3th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
Italy Ferrari
57
57
57
2006 2006 Bahrain Grand Prix March 12 1th Spain Fernando Alonso
2th Germany Michael Schumacher
3th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
2005 2005 Bahrain Grand Prix April 3 1th Spain Fernando Alonso
2th Italy Jarno Trulli
3th Finland Kimi Räikkönen
France Renault
Japan Toyota
United Kingdom McLaren
57
57
57
2004 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix April 4 1th Germany Michael Schumacher
2th Brazil Rubens Barrichello
3th United Kingdom Jenson Button
Italy Ferrari
Italy Ferrari
United Kingdom BAR
57
57
57

Driver Ranking

 

Driver Ranking Bahrain Circuit

Driver GP   1st   2nd   3rd   Pod   Pole   FL   Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 13 4 2 3 9 3 1 3.4 3.6 190
2 Germany Sebastian Vettel 11 4 1 0 5 3 2 5.0 5.5 148
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 13 3 0 0 3 1 1 8.3 6.8 71
4 Brazil Felipe Massa 13 2 1 0 3 1 1 6.6 7.8 61
5 Germany Nico Rosberg 10 1 1 1 3 2 3 5.6 5.9 83
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 5 1 1 0 2 2 1 6.6 7.2 27
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11 1 0 1 2 0 0 8.3 12.4 28
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 15 0 5 3 8 0 1 8.7 6.6 120
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas 8 0 2 1 3 1 1 4.9 6.3 73
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 0 1 1 2 1 1 8.7 7.9 24
11 Netherlands Max Verstappen 6 0 1 0 1 0 1 9.0 11.2 39
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 10.3 9.3 13
13 France Romain Grosjean 9 0 0 2 2 0 0 12.0 10.1 50
14 Mexico Sergio Pérez 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 11.3 10.6 34
15 Thailand Alexander Albon 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 8.0 6.0 17
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 10.7 8.3 17
17 Poland Robert Kubica 5 0 0 1 1 1 0 9.8 10.8 9
18 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.6 10.6 48
19 Australia Mark Webber 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.8 8.2 31
20 France Pierre Gasly 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.7 6.0 24
21 United Kingdom Paul di Resta 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.5 5.0 20
22 United Kingdom Lando Norris 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 5.0 20
23 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.9 11.4 20
24 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.3 14.7 10
25 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.5 11.7 10
26 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.8 13.8 10
27 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.3 10.3 8
28 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.3 9.3 7
29 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 9.0 5
30 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 9.0 4
31 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 14.0 14.3 4
32 France Esteban Ocon 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.7 9.7 4
33 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 13.0 11.6 4
34 Japan Takuma Sato 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.4 14.8 4
35 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 13.3 2
36 Germany Timo Glock 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.3 13.8 2
37 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.2 14.0 2
38 Austria Christian Klien 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 11.0 1
39 United Kingdom David Coulthard 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 14.4 1
40 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 14.2 1
41 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 13.0 0
42 Japan Yuji Ide 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 19.0 0
43 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.0 19.0 0
44 New Zealand Brendon Hartley 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 17.0 0
45 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 10.0 0
46 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22.0 23.0 0
47 Spain Roberto Merhi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 17.0 0
48 Italy Giorgio Pantano 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.0 16.0 0
49 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 13.0 0
50 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.0 21.0 0
51 Brazil Felipe Nasr 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 22.0 14.0 0
52 India Karun Chandhok 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 24.0 24.0 0
53 United Kingdom Will Stevens 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.0 16.0 0
54 Italy Gianmaria Bruni 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 17.0 0
55 Austria Patrick Friesacher 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 12.0 0
56 Canada Nicholas Latifi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.0 14.0 0
57 France Olivier Panis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 9.0 0
58 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.0 17.0 0
59 Austria Alexander Wurz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11.0 11.0 0
60 Russian Federation Sergey Sirotkin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 15.0 0
61 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.5 14.0 0
62 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.5 13.5 0
63 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.0 13.5 0
64 United Kingdom Max Chilton 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 16.5 0
65 Brazil Bruno Senna 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 20.5 0
66 Germany Pascal Wehrlein 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.5 12.0 0
67 Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.5 15.0 0
68 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 15.5 0
69 United Kingdom George Russell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.5 13.5 0
70 India Narain Karthikeyan 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.5 20.0 0
71 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 17.0 0
72 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.0 16.0 0
73 Russian Federation Vitaly Petrov 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.5 18.5 0
74 United States Scott Speed 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.5 17.5 0
75 France Jules Bianchi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 17.5 0
76 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.5 16.5 0
77 France Charles Pic 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.5 20.5 0
78 Netherlands Christijan Albers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.3 16.3 0
79 Mexico Esteban Gutierrez 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.7 18.7 0
80 France Jean-Eric Vergne 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.7 18.7 0
81 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.3 16.7 0
82 Canada Lance Stroll 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.8 16.0 0
83 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 17.8 15.8 0
84 Germany Adrian Sutil 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.2 16.2 0

Team Ranking

 

Team Ranking Bahrain Circuit

Team GP   1st   2nd   3rd   Pod   Pole   FL   Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 Italy Ferrari 0 6 6 2 14 5 5 4.9 6.2 256
2 Germany Mercedes 0 5 4 4 13 6 4 4.2 3.7 302
3 Austria Red Bull 0 2 2 1 5 2 3 8.8 8.2 204
4 France Renault 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 10.0 10.8 48
5 United Kingdom Brawn 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.0 3.0 14
6 United Kingdom Lotus F1 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 12.0 7.3 72
7 United Kingdom McLaren 0 0 1 3 4 0 2 9.3 9.5 116
8 Japan Toyota 0 0 1 1 2 1 1 8.6 8.3 26
9 India Force India 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 12.1 11.1 59
10 Switzerland BMW Sauber 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 9.6 12.6 19
11 United Kingdom BAR 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 8.8 9.3 10
12 United Kingdom Williams 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11.2 11.8 49
13 United States Haas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.3 13.9 24
14 Italy Toro Rosso 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.0 15.0 22
15 Italy AlphaTauri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 8.5 8
16 Switzerland Alfa Romeo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14.3 12.3 6
17 Japan Honda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.2 14.2 5
18 Switzerland Sauber 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15.5 13.1 4
19 United Kingdom Jaguar 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13.0 11.0 1
20 United Kingdom Racing Point 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.5 15.3 1
21 Ireland Jordan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 16.5 15.0 0
22 United Kingdom Manor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.5 17.4 0
23 Spain HRT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 22.8 21.0 0
24 Netherlands Spyker 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 21.0 14.5 0
25 United Kingdom Caterham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.9 17.3 0
26 Italy Minardi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.5 15.3 0
27 Japan Super Aguri 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19.0 17.5 0
28 United Kingdom Virgin Racing 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20.5 21.5 0
29 Russian Federation Midland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18.5 19.5 0


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