The Bahrain International Circuit held its inaugural F1 race in 2004. F1’s first venue in the Middle East was built on the site of a former camel farm in the desert south of Manama.
The event attracted international attention in 2011 when it was first postponed, then cancelled following the government’s suppression of pro-democracy protests in February. Formula One’s presence in Bahrain continues to attract criticism.
Bahrain’s grand prix track is typical of most modern circuits, compromising a few long straights and slow corners. In 2010 a longer version of the track was used but it proved unpopular and was dropped after a single race.
For the 2014 race floodlights were installed so the main event could be run at night.
|Lap length||5.412km (3.363 miles)|
|Race distance||308.238km (191.53 miles)|
|Pole position||Left-hand side of the track|
|Lap record*||1’31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa, 2005)|
|Fastest lap||1’29.527 (Mark Webber, 2005, fourth practice)|
|Maximum speed||321kph (199.46 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)|
|Distance from grid to turn one||265m|
|Longest flat-out section||1205m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.7kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.054s|
|Pit lane time loss||21s|
|Tyres:||Drivers’ tyre selections|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes