BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT – Sakhir, Bahrain
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Number of laps
308, 7694 km
1:30,252 (Michael Schumacher, 2004)
>>> CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CIRCUIT
Construction of the track in Bahrain is unique in that it is comprised of six separate circuits, four of which can be used independentlyo of each other at the same time. The complex is built on a surface of 169 hectares southwest of the Kingdom of Bahrain’s main island. The inside and outside parts of the circuit composes the Formula 1 route, which is configured to ensure the superb conditions for watching the even from the stands and VIP tower. With a maximum incline of 5.25 % and a maximum decline of 5 %, the circuit is comprised of 16 turns, and the anticipated time for each lap is 1:33.63 with an average speed of 210.39 km/hr. Decked out with first-class facilities, the main grandstand can hold up to 50,000 spectators, while the press center can accommodate 500 journalists! The eight-story VIP tower, a truly five-star facility with a capacity of up to 5,000 special guests, was designed to serve promotional and corporate events, presentations, seminars, luxurious dinners and entertainment events. With its perfect infrastructure, the Bahrain complex has no comparison among F1 circuits.
>>> INTERESTING FACTS
> The gravel used for building the race track was imported all the way from Wales.
> The first oil deposit in the Middle East was discovered in Bahrain.
> The first driver to visit the International Circuit in Bahrain before completion of construction was Jenson Button in October 2003.
> The Renault Team has yet to test in Bahrain, but it has still managed to win two of three Grand Prix there.
> Three potential localities were considered for the circuit. This one, close to Bahrain University, was chosen due to its characteristic terrain.
>>> CIRCUIT FROM THE DRIVERS’ PERSPECTIVE
> Michael Schumacher: "Driving off the ideal line is quite difficult. I think everybody knows how much I love the Belgian circuit in Spa. Although it is still number one for me, Bahrain doesn’t lag far behind it."
> Jenson Button: "In Bahrain, it’s important to keep in the."