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Located in Sakhir, 30km south-west of Manama, the beautifully designed Bahrain International Circuit opened in 2004. A trailblazing circuit which opened doors for motor sport in the Middle East. Designed by Herman Tilke, it is arguably one of the most advanced circuits in the world.
The Bahrain circuit is like most of its modern counterparts; a thrilling place to watch F1, designed with the spectator in mind. Most grandstands provide a view of multiple sections of the circuit and the wide track and long straights leading into slow corners provide encouragement for overtaking, particularly in turns 1 and 4.
The second round at Bahrain will be the Sakhir Formula 1 Grand Prix, which will unusually take place on the circuit's high speed, 11-turn outer circuit. Never used before for an international race, the ultra-quick 3.543km 'outer track' will be an 87 lap race to ensure the minimum distance is met. Expecting race laps to be below 60 seconds, this shorter track will see the cars hit high speeds, but also more traffic on the turns.