2014 F1 car lap record – 1:34.196
The 5.412Km circuit, first introduced to F1 as a new facility in 2004, cost a massive $150million to construct and complete. In 2007 it became the first GP circuit to be awarded the FIA centre of excellence award, given for excellent safety, race marshal, and medical facilities, and for the high standards of technology required to maintain these.The Bahrain GP is highly rated by the drivers because of the very high grip levels due to the special grade of tarmac used in the track surface. In 2014 it became the second night race on the calendar as they pushed the start of the race back to dusk.
In terms of driving the circuit on the simulators here at Lets Race, the first thing to mention is the gravel is extremely deep so it is more imperative on this track that you take your time to build up your speed, keeping it on the tarmac as much as possible. The track surface is fairly bumpy in some important places such as the turn 1 braking point and on the exit of turn 11 just as you are bringing the power in.
The track undulates up and down lots more than most tracks, so being able to modulate the throttle pedal exiting the corners is very important to avoid sliding the car around and losing speed.
Certain places on the track you want to focus on in particular are: Turns 9 & 10. These two are very tricky as you come into turn 9 full throttle and then you have to brake at the apex and start to downshift through the gears whilst turning, this is difficult as you lock up the front wheels very easily causing you to either run wide through turn 10 or miss the corner completely. Another corner that is difficult to get right is turn 13 as the track cambers towards the outside meaning the car understeers and you have to turn in earlier than expected to compensate for the understeer.
Please take a look at the onboard video below.