The Bahrain International Circuit is one of two tracks hosting an F1 round in the Middle East. Unlike it's Abu Dhabi neighbour, the on-track action in Bahrain will appeal to the purists thanks to a layout that is more favourable to proper wheel-to wheel racing.
Aside from the recent political unrest, the event has suffered from a poor image due to low attendance in the grandstands. What is less known is that the grand prix takes place on a working day in Bahrain and a move to a 6pm race start should allow more workers to get to the circuit after a day at the office. Additionally, the cars look magnificent under the floodlights, the facilities are top notch and it is one of the few grands prix where you do not need to pack your rain gear for the weekend.
Tower and Turn 1 Grandstand - Image: Ferrari S.p.A
The grand prix is country's the sporting highlight of the year and the 2014 edition takes place from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th April. Support races will feature the first round of the GP2 calendar and include the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Off-track activities include performing artists, dancers, musicians, a children/family area and an F1 Game Zone. Avicii and The Scorpions are scheduled to perform on the Saturday night.
Photo: Repsol Honda Team
The 2014 calendar has been reduced to 18 rounds will feature as many race weekends as last year.
The Brazilian round has been dropped from the schedule due to the Brasilia circuit still needing homologation. The Aragón round in MotorLand will take place a week later than originally planned so as to have a more balanced schedule.