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Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

by F1Fan on March 10, 2010

Just two days to go before the first practice session of the opening round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship starts at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

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 new 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.

The New Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit Layout

The new Grand Prix Circuit layout should hopefully add overtaking opportunities during the race. BIC’s desert location suffers from sand blown on to the circuit by frequent strong winds which causes reduced grip levels even with the special sandstone surface that was chosen to offset this potential problem.

The combination of the circuits one of a kind design, desert setting and Arabian climate, presents the Formula One Teams with a unique challenge.

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