Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix is a Formula 1 race, which was launched in 2004 at the Bahrain International Circuit in as- Sachir, Bahrain, discharged. Like all recent routes (Malaysia, China, and Turkey) was also the track in Sakhir built about 30 miles from the gates of Manama from the German architect Hermann Tilke. The special thing about Bahrain is that the race takes place in the desert. The biggest problem the cars therefore not only the occasionally fierce heat, but also small sand and dust particles in transmission, engine and cooling vents, or even to the brake pads, which can lead to failure of these components.

A dry race is virtually certain, as rain falls in Bahrain only in 3 to 5 days a year. Nevertheless, it was drizzling at times during the race weekend in 2004.

2005 and early 2006, some teams took the track in Bahrain as a test track. 2005 initially only Ferrari, 2006 then the Scuderia Toro Rosso and Honda. The enormous costs justified Ferrari so that it in the winter is cold and wet in Spain and Italy, where it is usually tested.

Previous Formula 1 race at the Circuit

2004 made ​​of sand especially McLaren -Mercedes problems. Both riders, the Finn Kimi Raikkonen and the Scot David Coulthard, bursting the motors ( which, however, happened frequently in the course of the season ). Spectacular looked especially the failure of Raikkonen, because to his vehicle even lit a fire. Like the entire 2004 season dominated Ferrari with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello also the Bahrain GP in 2004 and drove in just that order to a double victory. Third was knocked off the BAR- Honda driver Jenson Button. Because they stuck to the Islamic Law on alcohol, was abandoned at the awards ceremony on a champagne shower. Instead, they took rose water. The most spectacular scene of the race gave Ralf Schumacher in the BMW -Williams and Takuma Satō in the BAR- Honda. Both collided in the corner after the start - finish straight, which Schumacher was undermined. However, both were able to continue and came into the points.

In 2005, the race was also very exciting. The injured McLaren - Mercedes driver Juan Pablo Montoya was replaced by test and reserve driver Pedro de la Rosa. He had a thrilling race and looked to teammate Kimi Raikkonen, who was runner-up in 2005, a surprisingly strong from. In qualifying, he won the duel against Raikkonen. In the race he had some exciting fights in which he repeatedly ran off the track and turned. In the end, he turned the fastest lap of the race and came in 5th in total. Team-mate Raikkonen made ​​it to number 3 but the victory went to the eventual champion Fernando Alonso to Renault, which was at the beginning of the race by the then world champion Michael Schumacher harassed ( at Ferrari) arg. However, he later divorced from a hydraulic failure. A hard battle fought even David Coulthard at Red Bull Cosworth and Jacques Villeneuve in the Sauber Petronas at the end of the race to rank 8 and thus to the last championship point. Here Coulthard caused a collision which meant the end of the race for Villeneuve; However, he received from Coulthard half of the money he had received for Rank 8.

2006 Bahrain GP was first held as a World Cup opener. 2007 took over this role, as from 1996 to 2005, again the Australian GP in Melbourne. Only in 2010 the inaugural Grand Prix returned to Bahrain.

On 21 February 2011, the season-opening race was canceled due to political unrest. On 3 June 2011 have been announced by the FIA ​​that the race on October 30, 2011 will be rescheduled. On June 10, 2011, the chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, Zayed al - Zayani Rasched, announced that the Bahrain Grand Prix is finally canceled in 2011.

In the 2012 season, the race was held on schedule on 22 April, which led to fierce criticism from opposition figures and human rights organizations. The announced policy reforms called Amnesty International as " superficial and half-hearted ." According to an analysis of the human rights organization, there are numerous reports of torture and the use of excessive force by the police. In case of failure of the race Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone would have had to forego starting fee to approximately 30 million euros. The Government of Bahrain, the track operator and national media, in turn, accused the human rights organizations and the international press of scaremongering. Protesters chanted in front of the race to " three days of rage" on. According to al - Wifaq, the largest Shiite Islamist opposition group, it came at the Formula 1 weekend in the Shiite village near the capital Manama Shakhura to one death and many injured.


In Bahrain must, just like in Abu Dhabi, the winner abandon the obligatory champagne shower, because it is without deference to the Islamic hosts on drinking and splashing of alcohol. Instead, rose water is being used.