Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix to be held on Bahrain’s outer track

Formula 1 and Bahrain International Circuit today announced that the Formula 1 Rolex Sakhir Grand Prix, scheduled for 4th to 6th December 2020, will take place on the circuit’s 3.543 km outer track.

Following a detailed analysis of the circuit’s different track layouts, all of which have an FIA Grade 1 license, Formula 1 has concluded the outer circuit as the most suitable option for the second of Bahrain’s double header races. 

The Grand Prix will be a full night race with both qualifying and the race taking place later in the evening compared to the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix taking place the previous weekend on the usual 5.412 km international track layout.

The track has contrasting characteristics compared to the international track layout and will have the highest number of race laps at 87 and be the 2nd shortest circuit in Formula 1. Formula 1 simulations predict qualifying lap times below 55 seconds and race laps below 60 seconds.

The Bahrain International Circuit, in collaboration with The Bahrain Motor Federation and the FIA, will be working over the coming weeks to ensure all elements of the track are prepared and tested according to current standards for an F1 race.