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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.
2019 was the Charles Leclerc show, from dominating qualifying to commanding the race, he was apparently on his way to a glorious breakout victory in just his second event for the Scuderia until a mechanical failure let the two Mercedes' overtake. He will be desperate to make amends under the desert sun in 2020.