Bahrain Grand Prix
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- Next Race Date — 22nd April 2012
- Location — Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
- Number of Laps — 57
- Circuit Length — 5.412 km (3.363 mi)
- Race Distance — 308.484 km (191.683 mi)
Bahrain GP Overview
The Bahrain Grand Prix was highly anticipated and was a major construction project. The track varies in width at the end of the differently straights allowing different racing lines and a number of genuine overtaking opportunities. It has proved a popular race on the Formula One calendar despite being cancelled due to political unrest during the 2011 Formula One Championship season.
The Bahrain circuit is 6.299 km in length and includes 15 corners. The race takes place over 49 laps and the total distance covered is 308.405 km. The current lap record is held by Fernando Alonso who recorded a time of 1:58:287 in 2010.
History of Formula 1 in Bahrain
The Bahrain Grand Prix was the first Formula One race to be held in the Middle East when it took place in 2004. Construction of the Bahrain International circuit in Sakhir began in 2002 and the first race in 2004 was awarded the “Best Organised Grand Prix” by the FIA. The circuit has been developed with large run-off areas, which have been criticised for preventing drivers that stray off the track from continuing the race. However, this characteristic has meant that the race is one of the safest of the season.
Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Key Moments
- Cancelled amid political turmoil and protests.
- Fernando Alonso completes a good performance to defeat Michael Schumacher in a tight race and become the first repeat winner of the event.
- Michael Schumacher puts in a flawless display to win the inaugural race.