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Bahrain Grand Prix

Formula 1 season 2013

Circuit information
CircuitBahrain International Circuit
LocationSakhir
CountryBahrain
TimezoneGMT +03:00
Race debut2004
Laps57
Length5.412 km
Distance308.238 km
Line offset0.246 km

Event overview

There have been political difficulties in Bahrain, but the Formula One race returns to the track for another year. It was cancelled in 2011 due to the ongoing troubles, but since then organisers have claimed that the positive spirit invoked by hosting the race can only be a good thing. There are still mixed feelings throughout the Formula One fraternity, however, about the sport’s proper place in situations like this.

2013’s race wasn’t a sure thing until the teams, drivers and media arrived at the track to take part. It was held under a cloud of controversy, but the weekend unfolded without major incident. It’s unfortunate that the track itself doesn’t really deliver on the racing front, making it a difficult spot on the F1 calendar to defend.

Built in the desert, there was plenty of space for designer Hermann Tilke to work his magic, and the track takes the traditional shape associated with his circuit designs. Long straights ending in sharp corners, the track takes an elongated ‘U’ shape, with 15 turns, depending on how you count them.

The lap begins on the lengthy start/finish straight, before dipping to the right, through a quick left kink and on to the left hand straight. At the top, the track bends back down on itself, winding through some twisting turns before a sharp hairpin or two leads onto the flat straight. Round some more sweeping turns and then on the final stretch of track that leads to the last right hand corner and back onto the home straight.

An extension to the track was trialled in 2010, but it was quickly changed back again after not proving very popular. There are few elevation changes to challenge the drivers, and the run off areas are plentiful, meaning mistakes aren’t punished. Grip can be an issue, however, particularly as the surrounding sand often blows its way onto the track regardless of what point in the weekend the action is taking place. Support racing helps to clear up the racing line, but there can still be slippery starts to any of the F1 sessions.

Learn more about Bahrain International Circuit with the Pocket F1 Handbook.

Session timetable
DateDaySessionTimeLocal time
19 AprFridayFree Practice 108:00
GMT +01:00
10:00
GMT +03:00
Free Practice 212:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +03:00
20 AprSaturdayFree Practice 309:00
GMT +01:00
11:00
GMT +03:00
Qualifying12:00
GMT +01:00
14:00
GMT +03:00
21 AprSundayGrand Prix13:00
GMT +01:00
15:00
GMT +03:00

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