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Bahrain GP

Sakhir

19/04

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Home to every Bahrain Grand Prix, the 5.412 km Sakhir circuit is known for the abrasive nature of its track surface. It is also particularly dirty, when track action starts on Friday, as it is exposed to sand blowing in from the desert. To go well at this track, you need excellent traction, because the layout features a succession of long straights and relatively slow corners and therefore, good top speed on the straights is the aim. The track is also hard on brakes, which usually start getting critical in the second part of the race. The race begins under a hot sun and ends under spotlights. Scuderia Ferrari has won here four times, with Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa (twice) and Fernando Alonso, the latter triumphing on his debut with the Maranello team.

The first corner
It’s a favourite overtaking spot, given that getting round it involves braking from 300 to 60 km/h.

The final sector
In the last part of the lap, it is vital not to make the slightest error: you need to exit Turn 13 just right so as not to allow those behind to close up, because on the main straight, the DRS means an attack is always a possibility.

Bahrain International Circuit Historic Standings from 2004
Race wins
Pole Positions
Fastest Laps
Podiums

The Track

Turns

Max speed

DRS

Sectors

Circuit length
5.412 m
Lap record
1:31.447
P.De la Rosa 2005
2004 Schumacher F2004
2007 Massa F2007
2008 Massa F2008
2010 Alonso F10
2004 Schumacher F2004
2006 Schumacher 248 F1
2007 Massa F2007
2004 Schumacher F2004
2007 Massa F2007
2010 Alonso F10