Our Engineer's Lowdown series continues with Fernando's Race Engineer Will Joseph on Bahrain's twilight Grand Prix.
Take a closer look at the track with our key facts ahead of race weekend:
|Braking||There are eight significant braking zones, the toughest of which are into Turns One and 14. It’s also the first hot race of the year and the combination of high ambient temperatures and heavier cars (734kg) means brakes will need to be monitored closely during the race.|
|Power units||The cars use 1.8kg of fuel per lap, which is high. Without a Safety Car period, it will be difficult for the cars to make the end of the race without some degree of fuel saving. Fuel consumption is negatively affected by the large number of acceleration zones from low speed.|
|Aero||To maximise end-of-straight speeds, the cars run in a medium downforce configuration. The aero balance is slightly different to elsewhere on the calendar because the cars are set-up to understeer in an effort to protect the rear tyres|
|Gaming||The exit kerbs are smooth and need to be used – particularly through Turn 15, which leads onto the pit straight, the longest on the lap. It’s also important to focus on making a good start because the run to Turn 1 is 400m /0.249 miles, which is longer than at most tracks.|