F1’s first step into the Middle East region came in 2004 when Bahrain’s Sakhir circuit was added to the calendar. Set in the desert, the first day of practice is spent sweeping off the layers of dust and developing a racing line on the Hermann Tilke designed track. The track features a good deal of undulation as well as Tilke’s characteristic long straights in to tight corners which produce some overtaking. High temperatures can contribute to increased tyre degradation. Ferrari have won four out of the nine races at this track including a memorable 1-2 headed by Fernando Alonso in 2010, his first win for Ferrari.
Circuit length 5.412 km
Race distance 308.238 km
2014 race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)