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Bahrain GP Track Guide

Here's everything you need to know about the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the opening race of the season: the Bahrain GP, officially named as the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2021.


The track was designed by the well-known Hermann Tilke, and broke ground in December of 2002. It hosted its first ever Formula 1 race in 2004, which was won by Michael Schumacher, and it's used for the Bahrain Grand Prix ever since.

Last season's dramatic Bahrain GP, whose race start got red flagged due to Romain Grosjean's horror crash, was won by Lewis Hamilton.

Track Characteristics (as seen above)

Corners: 15

DRS Zones: 3

Circuit Length: 5.412km (3.363mi) long

Total Race Distance: 308.238km (191.530mi)

Number of Laps: 57

Lap Record: 1:31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa, 2005)


Each driver will have two sets of the C2 (hard), three sets of the C3 (medium) and eight sets of the C4 compound (soft).

Here's some more information on tyres and circuit characteristics by Pirelli:

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