The Bahrain International Circuit is a 5.412 km long motor racing circuit designed by Hermann Tilke in Sakhir, Bahrain, in the sparsely populated southwestern part of the country. It is used by Formula One, as well as GP2, F3, V8 Supercars and various other events. In Formula One, it hosts the Bahrain and Sakhir Grands Prix.

The circuit was modified for 2010, by using the previously-constructed "Endurance Circuit" extension that made the track the second longest on the F1 calendar, at 6.299 km.

This extension was not used after 2010, but due to a violent uprising in the country, the 2011 race was postponed, and placed later in the calendar, before the race organisizers ultimately choose to cancel the race.

The race was run as planned in 2012, with Sebastian Vettel winning the race.

The tenth running of the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2014 marked the 900th Formula One World Championship Grand Prix. To mark this and the tenth Bahrain GP, the race was run as a twilight race under floodlights. It was won by Lewis Hamilton.

Layout[edit | edit source]

The track runs in a clockwise direction, and has four straights, usually separated by groups of corners. The layout is mostly flat, with some variations of a few meters up or down. Since this is desert, dust and grit are always a concern for both tires and engine intakes, but the facilities are first rate, and this is regarded as one of the popular stops of the calendar.

Grand Prix Circuit[edit | edit source]

The start/finish line and pits are on a 34 km straight, with both the grid and timing light closer to the beginning of the straight. This is the first DRS zome of the circuit. T1 is a tight 135° right, followed immediately by T2, a wider 60° left then T3, a flat-out and gentle right kink. A 12 km straight (and the second DRS zone) leads to T4, another 135° right, but not as tight as T1. This ends at a very gently sweeping left, called T5, but is actually a short straight. T6 and T7 is a quick and sweeping 60° right-left combination, leading into a short straight before T8, a tricky 150° right. It is followed by another shorter straight and T9, a sweeping 45° left. The exit of T9 is only significant because it marks a braking point for T10, a tight 135° left that marks the beginning of the back straight.

This 12 km straight would seem to be right behind the paddock, but in actuality there is a drag strip and some grandstands between them. The straight is long enough to be the third DRS zone, even though it ends with a wide and increasing radius 135° turn (T11). A very brief straight allows the cars to set up for T12, itself a sweeping right that happens to work out at 90°. Another short straight leads to T13, a decreasing radius 120° right that may be the most difficult on the circuit. Even more important is that it leads onto the fourth straight of 12 km or greater, but this is the only one not set up for DRS. At the end, there is T14, a sharp right of just over 90°. This is followed by T15, a slight kink to the right that puts the cars on the start/finish straight, but is basically ignored while accelerating.

Pit in is just after T15, and the merge point of the pit exit is just before T1. In this configuration the track is 5.411 km/3.352 miles in length.

Endurance Circuit[edit | edit source]

For the 2010 race, a longer configuration of the course was tried. Called the "Endurance Circuit", this involved a sharper left just after T4, and after an extra eight turns, it rejoined the Grand Prix Circuit about 100 meters further down, just before T6. The circuit length was increased to 6.299 km/3.914 miles, but the new section was slow, technical, had no room for passing, added nothing to the experience and was not popular. This section has not been used for F1 since.

Oval Circuit[edit | edit source]

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Due to the delayed start to the 2020 Formula One Season, the Bahrain Grand Prix was postponed and rescheduled on November 29, and it was also announced that the circuit will also host as a double header. The second race, labeled as the Sakhir Grand Prix will use the outer "oval" layout.

Year by Year winners[edit | edit source]

Year Event Winning Driver Winning Constructor
2004 Bahrain GP Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari
2005 Bahrain GP Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
2006 Bahrain GP Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault
2007 Bahrain GP Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari
2008 Bahrain GP Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari
2009 Bahrain GP United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Brawn-Mercedes
2010 Bahrain GP Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari
2011 Bahrain GP race canceled
2012 Bahrain GP Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
2013 Bahrain GP Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault
2014 Bahrain GP United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes
2015 Bahrain GP United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes
2016 Bahrain GP Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes
2017 Bahrain GP Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari
2018 Bahrain GP Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari
2019 Bahrain GP United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes
2020 Bahrain GP United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes
Sakhir GP Mexico Sergio Pérez United Kingdom Racing Point-BWT Mercedes

Multiple Winners[edit | edit source]

Drivers[edit | edit source]

Wins Driver Races
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 2012, 2013, 2017, 2018
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2014, 2015, 2019, 2020
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 2005, 2006, 2010
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 2007, 2008

Constructors[edit | edit source]

Wins Constructor Races
6 Italy Ferrari 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2017, 2018
5 Germany Mercedes 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020
2 France Renault 2005, 2006
Austria Red Bull 2012, 2013

Notes[edit | edit source]


V T E Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix
Circuits Bahrain International Circuit (2004–present)
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Races 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017 • 2018 • 2019
V T E Bahrain Sakhir Grand Prix
Circuits Bahrain International Circuit (2020–present)
Bahrain International Circuit--Outer Circuit.svg
Races 2020
V T E Circuits
AdelaideAidaAin-DiabAintreeAlbert ParkAlgarveAnderstorpAustinAVUSBakuBarcelonaBoavistaBrands HatchBremgartenBuddhBuenos AiresCaesars PalaceClermont-FerrandDallasDetroitDijonDoningtonEast LondonEstorilFujiHanoiHockenheimHungaroringImolaIndianapolisInterlagosIstanbulJacarepaguáJaramaJerezKyalamiLe MansLong BeachMagny-CoursMarina BayMexico CityMonsantoMonte CarloMontjuïcMont-TremblantMontrealMonzaMosportMugelloNivelles-BaulersNürburgringPaul RicardPedralbesPescaraPhoenixRed Bull RingReimsRiversideRouenSakhirSebringSepangShanghaiSilverstoneSochiSpa-FrancorchampsSuzukaValenciaWatkins GlenYas MarinaYeongamZandvoortZeltwegZolder
Other Circuits
BrooklandsFioranoGoodwoodLinas-MontlhéryOntarioOulton ParkPauSnettertonSolitudeSyracuseVallelungaWestmead
Bold indicates a circuit on the 2020 calendar; italics indicates a circuit scheduled on the 2021 calendar.
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