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Sakhir, Bahrain Circuit Guide
The first GP to be held within the Middle East and this made a massive difference for boosting the popularity and growth of the sport throughout the region. The Bahrain International Circuit first opened in 2002, and cost around $150m.
Holding 70,000 people it’s a grade 1 FIA location and can be used for just about any motorsport track! If you want to see something truly amazing in terms of a mix of architectural design and race intelligence, this is the place to come!
This circuit has largely been a disappointment in terms of fan excitement, regularly playing host to underwhelming grand prix and it is certainly not a driver favourite either. That being said, as a lap, Bahrain holds some real gems for every racing driver and hooking up a good lap leaves you with a smile on your face.
The race itself consists of 23 turns and 5.412km in length, so it’s one of the lengthier races out there – this can see the overall race taking a considerable length of time to complete. The fastest lap record out there was set by Fernando Alonso for Ferrari in 2010.
challenging & high speed circuit
A circuit with a real stop start nature can be cause for concern when considering the brake temperatures and the ambient 30 degree temperatures. 4 straights a lap, each ending with a hard crunch on the brakes also tests the physical capabilities of the drivers.
Sakhir is the scene of one of the toughest first sectors in racing, with turns 1 and 2 reminiscent of those found at Malaysia, without the steep slope. Be sure to get the entry into the hairpins right as a slow exit can see you drop back down through the pack as their exit speed will see them hit far greater speeds down the following straights.
hints & tips
Our racing pro's have created some essential tips for your session with us:
Maintain a high minimum speed during Turn 1 to ensure good levels of downforce
Exit turn 2 thinking about the exit speed (it must be perfect!)
Always think about early acceleration
Straight-line as many corners as you can through Sector 3
Apex the final corner late to ensure you have a high top speed up the main straight