Formula 1 heads to Bahrain for round two of the 2018 season, and after the early starts of Australia it is now time for the first night race of the year. The Bahrain International Circuit is also one of the best tracks for overtaking on the Formula One calendar so there should be plenty of duels throughout the field, as opposed to the first round of the championship.
The layout of the Bahrain International Circuit has become one of the more successful of Herman Tilke’s designs, with overtaking opportunities at Turn 1, Turn 4 and Turn 14 aided by a DRS zone leading into Turn 11. The wide track and changes of direction allow for side-by-side racing as evidenced by several thrilling battles during the last years. With the desert location not initially making for a particularly spectacular backdrop, the decision was made in 2014 for the event to be rescheduled as a night race and run under floodlights. Wearing down the leading edges of a car’s aerodynamic parts, sand and dust also lead to poor grip. Precautions must be taken to ensure none of it gets into the engine.
Join us for the latest updates and results from the Bahrain International Circuit as the second practice session ahead of the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix is about to start, with Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen at the wheel of the SF71H, ready to continue preparations ahead of the qualifying session on Saturday.