The Bahrain Grand Prix will return to its original circuit layout for the 2011 race in March.
An extended ‘endurance track’ was used for this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix as part of celebrations to mark Formula One’s 60th anniversary.
The new layout added almost a kilometre of tight, narrow, slow corners to their circuit in order to improve overtaking opportunities. The drivers called it “very slow” and “boring”, while the teams complained about the bump in turn six.
Organisers have now revealed that next year’s race will take place in the original layout which has hosted the grand prix since 2004.
Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, acting CEO for the Bahrain International Circuit said:
One of the major tasks we undertook to mark this milestone was implementing changes to our FIA approved track layout, giving the participating teams of the Bahrain Grand Prix a completely new challenge.
It was an enormous task given the time frame we had to implement it, but one that demonstrated Bahrain’s characteristics as a race promoter prepared to continually make changes designed to heighten the awareness and increase the levels of presentation associated with the sport of Formula One.
Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa
Length – 6.299km / 3.914miles
Race distance – 49 laps / 308.405km / 191.642 miles
Full throttle – TBC
Top speed – TBC
Longest flat-out section – TBC
Right/left-hand turns – 13 / 10
Tyre wear – Medium
Brake wear – High
Downforce level – Medium
Gearshifts per lap – TBC
2010 tyre compounds: medium, super-soft
2009 tyre compounds: medium, super-soft
2008 tyre compounds: medium, soft