Bahrain announce return to old track layout next year

Bahrain International Circuit have announced that they will stage next year’s event on the older layout of the Sakhir track rather than the new version trialled this year.

The inaugural race of the 2010 season was widely considered to have been a bit dull, and sighs of relief will be heard amongst spectators and TV viewers who welcome a return to the shorter track.

In an attempt to make the racing more interesting the layout will be cut from 6.299km to the 5.412km which had been used from 2004 to 2008.

“One of the major tasks we undertook to mark this milestone was implementing changes to our FIA approved track layout, giving the participating teams of the Bahrain Grand Prix a completely new challenge,” said Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Bahrain International Circuit.

“It was an enormous task given the time frame we had to implement it, but one that demonstrated Bahrain’s characteristics as a race promoter prepared to continually make changes designed to heighten the awareness and increase the levels of presentation associated with the sport of Formula 1.”