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Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit (Sakhir)

Bahrain International Circuit hosts the opening round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship season for the second time in its history.

In 2004 the Bahrain Grand Prix became the first F1 race to be held in a Middle Eastern country and this year will be only the second time since 2006 that Bahrain has hosted the season opening Grand Prix.

Purpose built on former desert, the Bahrain International Circuit complex sits about 30 kilometres south of the island kingdom’s capital city, Manama, which can be configured into 5 separate road circuits, the new Grand Prix Circuit, Paddock Circuit, Inner Circuit, Outer Circuit and Old Grand Prix Circuit, along with a drag strip, off road course and karting circuit.

Several changes have been made to the Grand Prix Circuit for 2010. It’s now configured using the and outer circuits, and a brand new section referred to as the endurance loop adding an additional 8 turns making 23 turns in total: 13 right-handers and 10 left-handers. The additional loop, starting just after the old turn four, comprises significant elevation change with a fast left leading into a sequence of five corners followed by a quick kink then a hairpin.Built on former desert, the track sits about 30 kilometres south of the island kingdom’s capital city, Manama.

The layout will be a new challenge for the drivers and should add overtaking opportunities. BIC’s desert location means sand blown on to the circuit by frequent strong winds can reduce grip levels. To help ensure maximum grip, the track surface was laid with a special type of sandstone. The Bahrain Grand Prix, with its Arabian climate and desert setting, presents competitors with the combined challenge of heat, dehydration and sand.

CIRCUIT DATA

Length of lap: 3.891 Miles (6.299km)
Lap record: 1:58.287 (Fernando Alonso, 2010, Ferrari)
Number of Turns: 23 (13 RH, 10 LH)
Number of race laps: 49
Total race distance: 191.64 Miles (308.41km)
Pitlane speed limits: 60km/h during practice sessions; 100km/h during qualifying and race

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