Sub-60 second laps expected at Bahrain 'oval'

With confirmation that the oval-shaped track will be used for the second race of Bahrain’s double-header, sub-60 second laps are expected.

The circuit will host two consecutive races on November 29th and December 6th before the 2020 season comes to a close in Abu Dhabi.

As soon as hosting a double-header there became a possibility, the sport began to assess the various alternative layouts the track has. It has now been confirmed that the outer track will be used.

“We are excited to announce the outer circuit as the format for the Sakhir Grand Prix and want to thank our partners at the Bahrain International Circuit for their continued support,” Ross Brawn said in an official statement.

The statement also confirmed that the race will have a record number 87 laps and that, according to simulations, each lap will be around 55 seconds.

“We assessed a number of options for the alternative circuit layout and concluded the outer circuit will provide the best alternative and will provide a new challenge for all the teams and entertain all our fans with high speeds and fast lap times,” Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of the circuit said.

“We thank Formula 1 for all their work in analysing options for our second race and it’s a great testament to our venue that we will be able to hold what is likely to be very contrasting races on consecutive weekends. Our outer track has never been used for international competitive racing, so will be a new and exciting challenge for all participants.”

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