Formula One has announced that the second Bahrain race will be run on the outer circuit with projected lap times of below one minute forecast.
The outer track will see Turns 1-4 retained from the traditional circuit before flicking left onto the outer section before rejoining at what traditionally is Turn 13 racing along the back straight then onto the start/finish line.
This race and Qualifying will also be run later in the evening under the title of Sakhir Grand Prix on 4-6 December compared to Bahrain Grand Prix weekend on the traditional International layout a week earlier across 27-29 November.
Speaking on the decision to run the second race on the outer track, Managing Director – Ross Brawn said; “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 times.
It is predicted that lap times could potentially be sub one minute and will therefore be a 87 lap race in order to meet the minimum 305km official race distance is met.
Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit is expecting very different races, saying; “… 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.”
This however isn’t the first time that F1 has raced on an alternative version of the Bahrain International Circuit after the 2010 season opener was run on the Endurance circuit, which partially featured the outer layout before rejoining the track at what is Turn Five on the international circuit layout.