2nd Round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, 1st to 3rd April 2016
After the season’s opening race – and right after the Easter holidays – the Sauber F1 Team is travelling to the next grand prix destination: The island kingdom of Bahrain in the Arabian Gulf. Next weekend the Bahrain Grand Prix will be again held under the floodlights at the Bahrain International Circuit in the Sakhir desert. The Sauber F1 Team and its drivers are looking forward to this special event.
Car number 9
“The Bahrain Grand Prix is the first night race of the season. I especially enjoy the surroundings under the floodlights, which looks pretty nice on TV. I know the track well from my previous two seasons in Formula 1, but also from GP2, as I have been there many times. Last year I put in a good performance as well as having a strong race. I was going for points, which did not work out in the end due to other circumstances. However, I will take that positive feeling from last year’s race weekend with me.”
Car number 12
“The Bahrain Grand Prix is a special race weekend for me. Having Lebanese roots from my grandfather, I have always liked being in the Middle East. For me as a driver it is nice to not only get huge support from Brazil, but also from where we are. The track itself is great fun to drive and to race at night makes the event even more special.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the three races held at night after starting at dusk. Due to the ambient temperatures in the evening, as well as the abrasiveness of the tarmac, its layout doesn’t make this track particularly hard on the tyres. As the circuit is located in the desert, the surface is usually quite dusty for the first practice session and then picks up more grip during the weekend.
Circuit Bahrain International Circuit / 5.412 km
Race distance 57 laps / 308.238 km
Schedule Qualifying 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET), Race 18:00 hrs local time (17:00 hrs CET)
Driver Marcus Ericsson Felipe Nasr
Medium 3 4
Soft 5 4
Supersoft 5 5