2014 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix
The third race of 2014 sees Formula One return to the Bahrain International Circuit, the venue where two-thirds of winter testing was conducted. In other years such familiarity give teams a good read on setup parameters but for 2014 with car developing still evolving at furious pace, pre-season experiences carry little value into the grand prix.
Since becoming F1’s first Middle East race in 2004, Bahrain has demonstrated unique challenges for racing. The smooth surface and gentle kerbs see teams go with ultra-low ride heights that nevertheless allow drivers to exhibit maximum aggression.
The dusty environment is a potential engine-killer, while in the past the high temperatures have created cooling problems, particularly for brakes on a track where they see heavy use. For 2014, however, temperatures will be lower as Bahrain switches to a night race format – though this adds a whole new level of uncertainty to one of F1’s most mysterious races.