The Formula 1 season race this year has its start in the impressive Bahrain International Circuit, the Sakhir GP, in the heart of the desert. The track, where the Formula 1 circus has been racing since 2004, will once again be in the spotlight. It then moves on to the Jeddah Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia.
The 2020 season got off to a promising start for Lewis Hamilton when he defeated Max Verstappen while still in the Sakhir GP (Sakhir Grand Prix). But the tide turned at the end of the season when Verstappen won his world title in Abu Dhabi.
The Bahrain International Circuit covers 5.412 kilometers per lap, with drivers completing 57 clockwise laps. The high full-throttle percentage of around 70 percent contributes to high wear and tear on tires and brakes. With sand and dust, the desert conditions also pose a particular challenge for the technology.
A lap record was set on this legendary track in 2004 by German champion Michael Schuhmacher, who took 1:30.252 minutes in his Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton holds the record for the fastest lap in qualifying with 1:27.264 minutes. Hamilton is also the record winner at this circuit with a total of five victories.
Since 2014, the race in Sakhir has been held at night to offer drivers protection from the extreme heat and glare of the sun. The Bahrain International Circuit, designed by German designer Hermann Tilke, features 14 turns and 4 high-speed straights. During the global Corona pandemic in the 2020 season, two races were held here, with the additional race using a much shorter track called the Outer Circuit.
Looking back at previous years, we have seen race winners such as Hamilton, Sergio Pérez, Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and many others. However, 2011 was an exception when political unrest prevented the race from taking place.
Bahrain Sakhir, or more specifically, the city of Sakhir in Bahrain, is most famous for the Bahrain International Circuit, but the region also has other sights and attractions. Here are some of them:
While Sakhir is known primarily for the Bahrain International Circuit, the region also offers a mix of natural, cultural and modern attractions for visitors to explore.
Finally, there is a note for all Formula 1 fans who want to watch the race without a pay-TV subscription. There is a way to stream the entire Formula 1 season for free.