The Bahrain International Circuit has been host to some of the world’s most elite motor racing since it opened in 2004. Located approximately 22 kilometres from Manama, near Sakhir, the circuit is used for drag racing, V8 racing, and of course, Formula 1.
Designed by renowned architect, Herman Tilke, the BIC cost about USD $150 million to build, and has a massive eight tracks to its name – one of which is the challenging Grand Prix track. The Grand Prix Circuit is 6.299 kilometres long, and can hold 50,000 spectators – all of which are offered a fantastic outlook over the track. With 23 corners, and differing widths around the track, the drivers must concentrate throughout the races to maintain the racing line. There are four straights, with the longest being 1, 090 metres and an 18 metre change in elevation over the course of the track.
The 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix, held at the BIC, was the first F1 Grand Prix to take place in the Middle East. Since its inauguration, when Michael Schumacher won with Ferrari, the Bahrain Grand Prix and the BIC, has formed art of the Championship every year.
The Grand Prix lap record is 1.58.287, which was set in the 2010 Series, by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.
Off the track the BIC offers its visitors a wonderful experience with top-quality VIP lounges, five-star catering facilities and great entertainment. Not to be missed is the eight-story Sakhir Tower which also has a stunning roof terrace.
The 2010 F1 World Championship Season
Grand Prix Name: Bahrain Grand Prix
Race Date: 12th – 14th March 2010
Round Number: One
Number Of Laps: 49