The pandemic of coronavirus forced to change the tradition of F1 to open his championship with him Australian Grand Prix (the race at Melborune was postponed to November). Instead the Máxima will start this year with the Bahrain Grand Prix, which already had the honor of being the first date of a season on two other occasions (2006 and 2010).
The Bahrain GP will start at 18:XNUMX p.m. (local time) after sunset and will be held under artificial lighting, with asphalt temperatures that tend to decrease as the race progresses. This situation affects the behavior of the tires and, therefore, the strategy.
The asphalt of the Sakhir circuit (characterized by a high quantity of granite) stands out for its abrasion, which accelerates the wear and tear and degradation of the rubbers.
English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) won last year's event, affected by a red flag due to the frightening accident of the Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Haas) and multiple safety car appearances, using a two-stop strategy (medium-medium-hard). His escort was the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), who visited pit lane four times.
At Sakhir, traction and braking are more important than heavy lateral loads. Together we are facing a medium severity circuit in terms of demands on the car.
2021 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE SCHEDULE
|26/03||Practice 1||14.30 to 15.30||08.30 to 09.30||06.30 to 07.30||05.30 to 06.30|
|Practice 2||18.00 to 19.00||12.00 to 13.00||10.00 to 11.00||09.00 to 10.00|
|27/03||Practice 3||15.00 to 16.00||09.00 to 10.00||07.00 to 08.00||06.00 to 07.00|
|Classification||18.00 to 19.00||12.00 to 13.00||10.00 to 11.00||09.00 to 10.00|
THIS IS THE SAKHIR CIRCUIT
Extension: 5.412 meters.
GP total distance: 308,2 km.
Number of curves: 15 (6 on the left and 9 on the right).
Distance from pole to braking of the first corner: 352 meters.
Number of changes per lap: 58.
Maximum speed: 321 km / h.
Fuel consumption: High.
Maximum lateral force: 4.5 at turn 6.
DRS zones: Between curves 3-4, 10-11 and 15-1.
Ideal sectors for overpass: Curves 1 and 4 braking.
Absolute record: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 1: 27.264 at 223,267km / h in Q3 of the 2020 GP.
LAST 10 EDITIONS OF THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE
|2010||Fernando Alonso (ESP)||Ferrari|
|2012||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Red Bull-Renault|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Red Bull-Renault|
|2014||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|2015||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|2016||Nico Rosberg (ALE)||Mercedes|
|2017||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2018||Sebastian Vettel (ALE)||Ferrari|
|2019||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
|2020||Lewis Hamilton (ING)||Mercedes|
BAHRAIN'S GRAND PRIZE ON TV
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