Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Bahrain International Circuit – track information

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.

Circuit information

Lap data
Lap length 5.412km (3.363 miles)
Race laps 57
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
Car performance
Full throttle 66%
Longest flat-out section 1205m
Downforce level Medium
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

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