The construction of the Bahrain circuit was a national objective for Bahrain, initiated by the Crown Prince, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. The Crown Prince is the Honorary President of the Bahrain Motor Federation . TRL was asked to build the circuit, headed by Patrick Brogan.
The organizers of the race feared that the track could not be completed in time for the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004 and tried to cancel the event; However, Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula 1, dismissed the request. In the end, the track was not complete, but it was good enough for the Grand Prix.
After the 2004 race and ahead of the 2005 race the track was realigned at turn four, decreasing the circuit's overall length by 5 metres.
In 2007 the circuit became the first Grand Prix circuit to be awarded the distinguished FIA Institute Centre of Excellence award, given for excellent safety, race marshal, and medical facilities, and for the high standards of technology required to maintain these.
At the 2009 Grand Prix, BIC announced a collaboration with @bahrain to develop land next to the circuit. @bahrain is part of the Mumtalakat group of companies. @bahrain will dedicate more than 1 million square meters of business, entertainment and educational space with a value in excess of US$2bn (BHD 850million), making it one of the largest investment projects to take place in Bahrain in the past five years.
In 2011, the course became the first GP of the season. Due to civil unrestthe race had to be canceled in March 2011. In early June, the FIA announced that the race would be changedto October 30, the original slot for first GP of India, this became theClosing race of the season on December 11th. However, two days later, after the concerns of the teams and otherOfficials of the race was officially canceled.
Construction and design
The circuit was designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the same architect who designed the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The main contractor for the project was Cybarco-WCT. The circuit cost approximately 56.2 million Bahraini Dinars (US$150 million) to construct. It has six separate tracks, including a test oval and a drag strip.
The circuit posed a unique problem. Positioned in the middle of a desert, there were worries that sand would blow onto the circuit and disrupt the race. However, organizers were able to keep the sand off the track by spraying an adhesive on the sand around the track.
The surface of the track is made of graywacke aggregate, shipped to Bahrain from Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. The surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and Formula 1 drivers for the high level of grip it offers. The same aggregate material is used at the Yas Marina Circuit for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The 6 Hours of Bahrain (بطولة ست ساعات في البحرين) was a sports car race that is held at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain. It was created for the FIA World Endurance Championship, and was held for the first time on 29 September 2012 as the sixth round of the 2012 World Endurance Championship. The creation of the race led to controversy, as the date for the inaugural race clashed with the 2012 running of the Petit Le Mans race.
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A taxi from Manama to the Sakhir circuit should cost around 15 BHD (€35-40) If you’re arriving at the airport on F1 race weekend, air conditioned shuttle buses operate from Bahrain International Airport directly to the circuit on the days of and surrounding the race: just show your F1 ticket for your free ride. While there is no public transport from the city to the track, the race organizers do organize a free shuttle service to and from the circuit. The list of hotels serviced by the shuttle is listed below (correct as at 2016), but you can still use the shuttle if you are staying nearby. Just show your race ticket and you should be able to hop on board. Ask the relevant hotels for details on the timetable, but don’t expect it to be too structured, especially when leaving the circuit at the end of the day. The buses normally leave when they are full, rather than to a set schedule. The following hotels are on the free shuttle route: Gulf Hotel, Sofitel Bahrain Zallaq Thalassa Sea & Spa, Downtown Rotana, The K Hotel, Intercontinental Regency Bahrain, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Ramada Hotel Bahrain, Best Western Plus The Olive, The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain, The Diplomat Radisson Blu Residence, Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa
|Sherlock Holmes Pub||Building 11، Road No 3801، Manama, Bahrain||+|
|Typhoon Bar||Building 11، Road No 3801، Manama, Bahrain||+|
|Mama Maya Restaurant & Cafe||Roud3825,Block338,Build123 Al `Adliyah, Al Manamah, Bahrain||+973 1727 0241|
|Al Waha Gulf Hotel||Building 11، Road No 3801، Manama, Bahrain||+|
|Nomad Urban Eatery||+973 1700 0330|
|Naseef Restaurant||+973 3962 2882|
|Emmawash||85 Budaiya Highway, Maqabah, Bahrain||+973 1730 9030|
|Al Abraaj||Various Locations||+|
|Jadeed Tower||Building 864, Road 5118, Block 0351, Al Suwayfiyah, Manama, Bahrain||+|
|Ibis Seef||I Bldg. 456, Road 1010,Sanabis,410, MANAMA, BAHRAIN||+973 1738 6020|
|Seef Avenue Suites||Bldg 613, Road 2808, Block Al Seef 428, Seef District, Kingdom of Bahrain||+973 3946 8339|
|Mövenpick Bahrain||143 Road 2403 | Bahrain | Bahrain||+973 1746 0000|
|Le Meridien Bahrain||Sheikh Khalifa Bin Salman Highway, Al Seef, Manama, Bahrain||+973 1717 1000|
|Majestic Arjaan by Rotana||Al Ghous Highway, Bahrain 200, Bahrain||+973 1737 0000|
|Sheraton Bahrain||6 Palace Avenue, P.O. Box 30, Manama, Bahrain||+973 1753 3533|
|ART Rotana Amwaj Islands||Al Fanar Avenue Road 5722, Building 2780, Amwaj Islands 000, Bahrain||+973 1600 0111|
|Four Seasons Bahrain Bay||Bahrain Bay, Manama, Bahrain||+973 1711 5000|