Bahrain Grand Prix: The Ultimate Guide

Date published: March 1 2018

The Bahrain Grand Prix provides an unique opportunity for Formula 1 fans to take in the first night race of the 2018 season. Here is everything you need to know to help make it a weekend to remember.

While the Bahrain International Circuit may be the ultimate destination for fans visiting Bahrain, there is plenty to see in the desert country.

Discover the history

Visitors often start their voyage of discovery at the Bahrain National Museum, where much of the country’s rich, cultural history is on show, including archaeological artefacts dating back millenia.

The Qal’at al-Bahrain fort is another must see. It is one of the kingdom’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and dates back over 5000 years to the ancient Dilmun civilisation.

Fancy something a little more adventurous? Head to the Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park. Based on the history of the Dilmun period, which is reflected by the architecture and stone sculptures, the park features over 18 water slides and attractions.

However, at the end of the tourist moments it is all about the racing and the Bahrain International Circuit.

Under the stars of the Sakhir desert, take your seat in the 50,000 capacity grandstand which offers excellent views of the intricate 15-corner circuit, perfectly crafted to create a dramatic race.

Take a look at our comprehensive circuit guide and see what other treasures Bahrain has to offer to perfectly complement the spectacle of Formula 1 racing.

Turn 1

Named in honour of Michael Schumacher, who helped design the Bahrain International Circuit, Turn 1 has been the scene of many intense clashes and at least one shocking one with Pastor Maldonado pitching Esteban Gutierrez up onto his side in 2014.

Turns 2 and 3

Getting a good exit out of Turn 1 sets the driver up for 2 and 3, perhaps best described as kinks rather than corners. Both Turns 2 and 3 are taken flat out and are followed by a short straight where slipstreaming the car in front can make all the difference. It was at Turn 2 that Sebastian Vettel spun out in FP3 back in 2014.

Turn 4

Powering down the straight into Turn 4, it is all about speed and the racing line with this corner offering one of the best opportunities for overtaking. However, brake failure into Turn 4 can be rather frightening as Max Verstappen found out last season.

Turns 5, 6 and 7

The second sector of the 5.4km lap starts with the fast and flowing Turns 5, 6 and 7. Combined, they make up a high-speed left-right-left “S” that leads into Turn 8. Good aerodynamics and stability are key here.

Turn 8

This right-hand hairpin offers a nasty surprise for the drivers as taking the shortest route means having to deal with the bump on the apex. As such a wide line is the preferred option but for anyone willing to deal with the bump, it could be a case of risk and reward.

Turns 9 and 10

Despite coming off a short straight, drivers hit speeds of over 200kph as they head towards Turn 9, a bend that leads onto Turn 10, which is as close to a hairpin as one can get without being a hairpin. This is a vital corner where time can be made or lost. It is also important to get a good exit from 10, carrying speed onto the straight.

Turns 11 and 12

Left through Turn 11 and right through Turn 12, these two corners combine to form a fast sequence leading into Turn 13. While brakes have to be applied, the less the better.

Turn 13

Having gone flat out through Turn 12 the drivers carry speed on the approach to 13, a right handed hairpin, but have to brake sharply. The first trick is to avoid locking up the front tyres, the second is to pick up speed quickly as 13 leads onto the second longest straight.

Turn 14 and 15
Finally coming to the end of the lap with the final two corners at the Bahrain International Circuit. A double right-hander kink that puts the driver back onto the pit straight and racing towards the chequered flag. It was out of Turn 15 in 2015 that Daniel Ricciardo’s race ended when his Renault engine blew.

5.412km after starting the lap, it ends with the chequered flag. Fernando Alonso is tied with Sebastian Vettel on three Bahrain wins apiece with the Ferrari driver winning the 2017 edition. Of the current drivers, Lewis Hamilton is the only other man to have tasted the victory champagne.

What else does Bahrain have in store?

Bahrain was the first Middle Eastern country to host a round of the Formula 1 World Championship, only adding to its unique identity compared to its surrounding Arabian countries.

Bahrain is famous for the quality of its pearls and the economy that once depended on them. The stunning collection of 33 islands was once at the centre of the world’s pearl trade and it is thought to be the birthplace of diving as far back as 4,000 years ago.

Visitors to Bahrain have the option to plunge into the tranquil, turquoise waters and find their own pearls to treasure forever.

Once you have dried off under the beating Bahrain sun, Block 338 is bursting with restaurants serving food from the world’s finest cuisines, trendy cafes, art galleries and hosts live music nights.

Bahrain’s rich history and culture is also personified by the Qal’at al-Bahrain, a 5000-year-old fort and one of the kingdom’s treasured UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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More information can also be found on the Bahrain calendar website.