Formula 1 has announced that it will use Bahrain’s outer track layout for its December 6 Sakhir Grand Prix round at the venue.
After a detailed review of its options in Bahrain, F1 has opted for the fast 3.543km circuit that features 11 corners and which has never been used for an International event.
The race will also take place under the floodlights while Bahrain’s first round of racing the week before is scheduled earlier in the day.
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The novel layout, which holds a Grade 1 FIA licence and loosely resembles an oval, will host an 87-lap race, the most of any event this year due to the track’s short distance.
“We are excited to announce the outer circuit as the format for the Sakhir Grand Prix and want to thank our partners at the Bahrain International Circuit for their continued support,” said F1 director of motorsport Ross Brawn.
“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.”