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Bahrain International Circuit

Circuit info

Location: Sakhir
Laps: 29
Circuit Type: Race
Circuit Length: 6.299KM
Qualifying Record: 1:30.154 - Schmeval (McLaren), Season #6
Lap Record: 1:32.455 - Schmeval (McLaren), Season #6

Located in the middle of nowhere, the circuit has been described of having all the charm of an airport departure lounge, although some of the more modern airports might be offended by the comparison.

Like many sporting arenas in the Middle east, its existence is down to the enthusiasm of enthusiast Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa and funding from government-backed investment companies. A racing enthusiast, the Crown Prince is the honorary president of the Bahrain Motor Federation.

As is the case with many of the new generation of circuits BIC was designed by Hermann Tilke and contains five different track layouts within the complex. Work started in late 2002 and was completed in time for the first grand prix in March 2004. There were changes made ahead of the 2010 race to try to improve the event as a spectacle but these achieved little.

Being surrounded by sand dunes, one of the major worries has been sand on the track which can reduce tyre adhesion considerably as well as affect engines and other parts. Although the organisers sprayed the surrounding sand with an adhesive to keep it in place, although this keeps the majority of the sand off the track organisers regularly sweep the surface during a race weekend.

While the facilities are superb, the heat means the only spectators are housed in the main stands - to try to watch from anywhere else would mean risking frying - and as a result the atmosphere on large sections of the circuit is too often eerily quiet.

The circuit itself consists of 20 slow to medium-speed corners which means cars need to be set up for good traction.

In 2007 it became the first active grand prix circuit to be named as an FIA Centre of Excellence for safety. The land around the circuit is currently being developed to provide much-needed hotels (the nearest large hotels are in Manama) as well as facilities for industry, education and entertainment in a project reported to be costing US$2billion.

Previous F1 Race Results - Bahrain Grand Prix

Season Race Date Winning Driver Team Laps
7 Season #10 Bahrain Grand Prix - Race 2 June 12th, 2016 Australia Silicnt Italy Scuderia Ferrari 17
6 Season #8 Bahrain Grand Prix November 3rd, 2013 Australia Schmeval Austria Red Bull 29
5 Season #7 Bahrain Grand Prix April 21st, 2013 Australia Flukey Italy Ferrari 29
4 Season #3 Bahrain Grand Prix May 1st, 2011 Australia Ghost India Group Force India 20
3 Season #1 Bahrain Grand Prix October 3rd, 2010 New Zealand Flouncy India Force India 12
2 Season #2 Bahrain Grand Prix January 30th, 2011 New Zealand Flouncy Great Britain McLaren 20

F1 Driver Stats - Bahrain Grand Prix

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Fastest Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 New Zealand Flouncy 7 2 1 0 3 2 0 5.4 5.9 92
2 Australia Parkour 4 1 1 0 2 1 2 7.8 4.8 51
3 Australia Silicnt 4 1 0 1 2 0 0 8.0 4.5 52
4 Australia Ghost 5 1 0 0 1 1 0 4.2 4.0 78
5 Australia Schmeval 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 1.0 1.0 25
6 Australia Flukey 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1.0 1.0 25
7 Australia kikz 5 0 1 2 3 0 0 5.2 4.0 71
8 Australia Atomic Lambo 7 0 1 2 3 0 0 5.4 6.7 67
9 Poland Preyst 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 3.0 3.0 30
10 Australia bobaj0r 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 6.0 2.0 18
11 Australia RileyF1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 6.0 2.0 18
12 Australia Modz 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 4.0 3.0 15
13 Australia DaZzA 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2.0 8.0 15
14 Australia Eradicator 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 7.5 28
15 Australia ToF 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 5.0 20
16 Australia OriginalBollum 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 5.5 20
17 Australia Fredzfrog 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 6.0 16
18 Australia Oz1098S 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 7.0 12
19 Australia Jasegp 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.5 7.0 12
20 New Zealand 888 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 5.0 10
21 Australia beef supreme 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 7.5 10
22 Australia roxas3sora3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 6.0 9
23 Australia Ploddy 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9.0 8.0 9
24 Australia petevo 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.5 8.0 8
25 Australia bushipoo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.0 7
26 Australia Intense 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 12.0 7.0 6
27 Australia Slizzer 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 8.0 4
28 Australia Primoxtremo 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 6.5 10.5 2
29 Australia rogue eclipse 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.0 11.0 0

Previous GP2 Race Results - Bahrain Grand Prix

Season Race Date Winning Driver Team Laps
5 Season #6 Bahrain Grand Prix October 9th, 2016 Australia Ploddy Italy Scuderia Ferrari Santander 14
4 Season #5 Bahrain Grand Prix May 4th, 2014 Great Britain SOJ Italy Ferrari 29
3 Season #4 Bahrain Grand Prix November 3rd, 2013 Great Britain SOJ Italy Ferrari 29
2 Season #3 Bahrain Grand Prix April 21st, 2013 Great Britain SOJ Italy Ferrari 29
1 Season #2 Bahrain Grand Prix October 28th, 2012 Great Britain SOJ Great Britain McLaren 29

GP2 Driver Stats - Bahrain Grand Prix

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Fastest Avg Grid Avg Pos Points
1 Great Britain SOJ 4 4 0 0 4 3 2 1.3 1.0 105
2 Australia Ploddy 5 1 2 1 4 1 1 3.0 2.4 90
3 Australia Jasegp 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 4.0 3.0 30
4 Australia E.T. 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 6.0 5.3 30
5 Australia roxas3sora3 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 4.5 4.0 29
6 Australia PessimistPrime 5 0 0 2 2 0 1 8.2 6.2 44
7 Australia Eradicator 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2.5 4.5 23
8 Australia NightFire 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 2.0 3.0 19
9 Australia millen 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 5.0 4.7 32
10 Australia Toggsie 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.3 7.0 19
11 Australia rogue eclipse 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.0 18
12 Sweden Effing Sea 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.5 8.5 16
13 Australia MrTran 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.0 4.0 12
14 Australia Modz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 6.0 5.0 10
15 Australia petevo 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.7 9.3 10
16 Australia Kobus Maree 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 6.0 8
17 Australia NightKid 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 7.0 6
18 Australia Atomic Lambo 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2.0 7.0 6
19 Australia iM Amril intel 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 9.0 2
20 New Zealand Flouncy 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 9.0 2
21 Australia kikz 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7.0 9.0 2
22 Australia Doull Teg 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 11.0 0
23 Australia Fredzfrog 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.0 11.0 0
24 Australia GreenMachine 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.0 9.0 0
25 Australia nobody813 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10.0 10.5 0