Bahrain Grand Prix

Sakhir, Bahrain

Recent Bahrain Grands Prix have been held in defiance of a welter of international criticism, because of the country's treatment of pro-democracy protesters. In 2011, civil unrest had led to the race's cancellation. The event is held at the $150m Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, designed by Hermann Tilke and opened in 2004. As well as the characteristic long straight into a hairpin, it is known for its safety record and versatility - it can be converted into a drag racing track or testing oval.

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  • Friday 4 April
    10:00 AM03:30 PM

    Free Practice

    There are three free practice sessions at every Formula One grand prix to allow drivers to familiarize themselves with the circuit and for teams to set-up the cars for qualifying and the race.

  • Saturday 5 April
    02:00 PM


    The one-hour Qualifying session is a knockout contest to decide the starting order for Saturday’s race. The session is divided into three parts: Q1, Q2, Q3.

  • Sunday 6 April
    03:00 PM


    No stranger to controversy, the Bahrain Grand Prix has the unfailing support of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone who remains determined to keep politics out of sport and bring elite motorsport to Asia.


Sakhir, Bahrain

Number of laps


Number of turns


Circuit Length (Km)


Race Distance (Km)


Fastest Qualification Lap


Mark Webber poses for a portrait during a photo shoot at Hangar 7
Mark Webber Williams, 2005
Fastest Race Lap


HRT driver Pedro de la Rosa
Pedro de la Rosa McLaren, 2005
Most Wins
Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso

2005, 2006, 2010
Most Pole Positions
Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes garage

Michael Schumacher

2004, 2006
Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on April 11, 2013

Sebastian Vettel

2010, 2012
Top Three Drivers
  1. 3
    Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on April 11, 2013
    Sebastian Vettel
  2. 1
    Fernando Alonso
    Fernando Alonso
  3. 2
    Felipe Massa
    Felipe Massa
Starting Positions vs Winning Positions
The track over the years
Did you know

Change for the worse

2010 saw F1 use the Endurance circuit layout for the first time. After a dull race, it wasn't used again.

Interesting fact

First of many

Bahrain held off competition from Egypt, Lebanon and UAE to become the first Middle Eastern country to hold a Grand Prix.

Strange but true


In 2009, Ferrari, BMW and Toyota had their pre-season test sessions delayed after a sandstorm at the circuit.

Fun fact

Super glue

Organisers actually spray the sand with an adhesive to stop it from blowing onto the circuit during the race.