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 (213.055 kph) by Pedro de la Rosa, 2005|
|Fastest lap||1’29.527 (217.624 kph) by Mark Webber, 2005|
|Maximum speed||314kph (195.11 mph)|
|DRS zone/s (race)||Pit straight and third straight|
|Distance from grid to turn one||265m|
|Longest flat-out section||1205m|
|Fuel use per lap||1.8kg|
|Time penalty per lap of fuel||0.054s|
|Quickest complete pit stop in 2013||21.031s by Red Bull (see full list)|
|2014 prime tyre:||Medium (2013: Hard)|
|2014 option tyre:||Soft (2013: Medium)|
*Fastest lap set during a Grand Prix
Data sources: FIA, Williams, Mercedes