Bahrain Grand Prix’s second race weekend will use the high-speed outer track, Formula 1 officials have announced.
The Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place between November 27 and 29, will use the 5.412 km international track, while the Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix between December 4 and 6 will use the 3.543 km outer track.
It is the first time the outer track has been used for an international race. In 2010, the 6.2 km ‘endurance’ track was used for the Grand Prix weekend, but it has not been used for F1 races since.
As the outer track is the second-shortest on the calendar after Monaco, organisers expect sub-60 second lap times.
There will be 87 laps, the most of any Grand Prix in 2020, to make sure the 305 km minimum distance is met.
Ross Brawn, managing director of Motorsport, Formula 1, said, “We are excited to announce the outer circuit as the format for the Sakhir Grand Prix and want to thank our partners at the Bahrain International Circuit for their continued support.
“We assessed a number of options for the alternative circuit layout and concluded the outer circuit will provide the best alternative and will provide a new challenge for all the teams and entertain all our fans with high speeds and fast lap times.”