Everything you need to know about the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit this year
The inside track
Turns 5 & 6 Drivers will attempt to carry as much speed as possible here. Sand on the track is a big worry, and the racing line can get slippery.
First corner After the high speed of the start/finish straight, drivers will slow their cars from over 300kmph to around 60kmph, dropping through six gears. They will try to take the fastest line through the following two bends.
F1 Village Here’s where to catch the off-track entertainment.
Hairpins Turns 8, 9 and 10 are a series of tight corners, and drivers will be forced to slow down. The quick braking and turning mean it’s easy to lock the wheels up and lose control.
Turn 15 Drivers need to hit top speed on the straight as soon as possible. By the time the cars reach the first corner of a new lap, they will be set to slingshot past the car in front.
The guided tour Head to the venue before or after the F1 and book yourself in for a tour to see the VIP tower, garages, and also the media centre. You’ll even be taken for a lap of the track (in a minibus rather than an F1 car). Cost is BD5.
Drive it yourself You can take your own car out on the circuit with an Open Track Day (the next one is April 14). Sessions are from 9am-12.30pm, 1.30pm-5pm. It’s BD75 for the full day, or BD50 for a half day. You can even get driven around by a pro driver in one of the circuit’s 400bhp V8 Lumina SS supercars for BD12. Go-karting is also available on Wed, Fri & Sat, from 3.30pm-10.30pm, with prices from BD5 (adults) for 10 minutes. For more info on any of the above, call the Bahrain International Circuit (17 450 000), or see the website at www.bahraingp.com.
23 Number of turns on the Bahrain Grand Prix circuit.
57 Number of laps the F1 drivers will make to complete the race.
2004 Year that the first Bahrain Grand Prix took place, on April 4.
US$150million Estimated cost of the Bahrain circuit to construct. 6.299 Length in kilometres of one complete lap (3.37 miles).
1:30.252 Lap record, set by Michael Schumacher in 2004.
70,000 Maximum number of people the venue can accomodate.
6 Number of separate tracks featured at the Bahrain circuit.