Formula 1 and Bahrain International Circuit announced today that the GP scheduled on that track for 4th to 6th December 2020 will take place on the circuit's 3.543 km outer track.
After a detailed analysis of the circuit's different track layouts, Formula 1 choosed the outer track as the most suitable for the second of the two races that will be run in Bahrain.
The track has contrasting characteristics compared to the international track layout and will be the 2nd shortest circuit in Formula 1. We predict indeed qualifying lap times below 55 seconds and race laps below 60 seconds.
The GP will be a full night race, with both qualifying and the race taking place later in the evening.
Ross Brawn, Formula 1 boss, talked about the event.
"We are excited to announce the outer circuit as the format for the Sakhir Grand Prix", told Ross Brawn. "And want to thank our partners at the Bahrain International Circuit for their continued support".
"We assessed a number of options for the alternative circuit layout and concluded the outer circuit will provide the best alternative and will provide a new challenge for all the teams and entertain all our fans with high speeds and fast lap time”.
Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, chief executive of Bahrain International Circuit, expressed as well his satisfaction for the GP that will take place.
“We thank Formula 1 for all their work in analysing options for our second race and it’s a great testament to our venue that we will be able to hold what is likely to be very contrasting races on consecutive weekends".
"Our outer track has never been used for international competitive racing, so will be a new and exciting challenge for all participants", he said.