Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to racing on a track he has driven before, while Jean-Eric Vergne is excited by the prospect of racing under lights there for the first time.
Daniil Kvyat: It's a nice circuit, good for testing and racing with its long straights and hard braking, as well as a mix of corners and challenging ones like turn 10.
I am looking forward to racing there, as it will be the first track I will drive on this year where I have already tested. But really, that doesn't make much difference to my approach, because whatever track we go to, I should learn it quickly enough.
Jean-Eric Vergne:I think this year's Grand Prix here will be quite special, as it is the first time we will drive this circuit at night under lights. I think that will be cool, and it will bring a special atmosphere to this race, looking a bit like Qatar for the Moto GP race.
The track itself presents nothing out of the ordinary, with the usual aero compromise so that the car is quick down the straight, but still has enough downforce for all the corners.
Sakhir will be the first track this year where we have already driven the latest car, as we had the two test sessions there.Regarding the new cars, from the cockpit, despite all the technical changes, they are not so different to drive, when compared to the 2013 models. You still have a steering wheel, a throttle and a brake!
There are a few aspects of your driving that you have to adapt, but the real changes are on the Power Unit side, in terms of when and how you will work to save fuel during the race, compared to going flat out on a qualifying lap."