After criticism that alterations to the track made the 2010 race ‘boring’, the BIC has reverted the track to the original design
The Bahrain International Circuit has been a major part of the Formula 1 grand prix season since 2004, with its 5.4 km track being praised for its interest and excitement. However, to celebrate F1's 60th anniversary last year, the lap length was increased to 6.3 km, leading to come critics rebranding the race as Bore-rain thanks to the soporific, slow and downright boring race that evolved.
Next year, however, the Bahrain International Circuit plans to silence its critics by reverting to the circuit’s original track layout. A statement on the BIC’s website reads: ‘Following the huge success of the 2010 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix as the inaugural round for the F1 World Championship’s 60th anniversary season, Bahrain International Circuit has announced that it will be returning to its original track layout in preparation for next season.’ Something that will no doubt be greeted by drivers and fans alike.