Where is it?
The Kingdom of Bahrain is located in the Persian Gulf and consists of over 80 islands, with Bahrain Island being the largest and in the centre of the group.
Like many Gulf States, combines traditional and ancient architecture, with ultra modern buildings, top class hotels, and amazing facilities. There are literally hundreds of amazing palm fringed beaches, and the hotels are wold class, making the destination ideal for a combined holiday with Grand Prix attendance.
The weather in March, when the F1 race takes places is always dry, and is around 26 degrees during the day, falling to 18 at night – pretty much perfect!
Bahrain International Airport offers good connections around the world and within the middle east and is about half an hour from the track.
What’s the circuit like?
The circuit is 3.3Km long and the race lasts for 58 laps. The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke and was built in 2002. Like most Tilke circuits, it consists of several (4) long straights, with both low and high speed corner sections. This makes set up particularly important and favours cars with excellent traction. The track surface is normally grippy and excellent, although sand blowing onto it can make things interesting.
The track is wide, with good run-off areas in most places.
What sort of race can we expect?
The 2020 race is remembered for the huge accident Romain Grosjean suffered, spearing into the barriers after turn three, with this car split in half, and bursting into flames. He amazingly got himself out of the car, and spent a few days in hospital with minor burns.
But generally races there are without many incidents due to the wide run off areas, although have a high reliability attrition rate.
Pole is usually around a 1.27 lap, and fastest race laps are around the 1.32 mark.
Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have dominated the circuit in recent years and have each won it four times. Ferrari is the most successful manufacturer with six wins.
Where’s the best place to watch?
Thanks to the heat of the desert sun, the only place is to watch is from three covered grandstands or the Paddock Club.
The Main grandstand and Paddock Club are on the start / finish straight, and the main one looks right into the pits, with The Paddock Club being right over them.
The Victory Grandstand is just before the final turn 16, and gives a great view of the cars before braking into the double apex corner before the main straight.
The Turn 1 Grandstand will give you views of the cars coming down the main straight before braking hard into Turn 1.
When is it?
The Bahrain Grand Prix is on 20th March 2022.