Sport "Unique" and "pretty crazy": F1 drivers looking forward to Bahrain- "Oval"

13:30  25 november  2020
13:30  25 november  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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The idea of ​​deviating from the standard layout for the second Bahrain weekend is welcomed by many pilots - the variant looks simple, it has it but in itself

In Bahrain, the last double header of the 2020 Formula 1 season will take place on the same track. For the first time, however, two different layout variants will be used: For example, the pilots will contest the second weekend on the 3.543-kilometer outdoor track instead of the standard layout.

The outside lane cuts out the winding inner field with a connector, so that for the first time since the short Dijon format was used for the French Grand Prix in 1974, lap times below 60 seconds can be expected.

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" Bahrain is unique in that it has a number of different circuits," added Symonds. Bahrain typically does give a very good race, but that particular circuit wasn't that good. "We're pretty sure it's actually going to give an exciting race, and we really want to provide the fans with something different, and I

Bahrain Grand Prix chiefs say they are ready to hold a Formula 1 race on their ' oval ' outer circuit, despite being caught off guard when the idea first emerged last week. "That was pretty early on, when they were trying to finalise the European races. So we said we can look into that.

"It will definitely be crazy," said Williams driver George Russell in advance. "I think it's exciting because the lap times will be so tight. I guess in qualifying everyone will probably be within a second, which means that if you make a small mistake on Saturday you can lose a lot of positions."

Russell expects chaos on qualifying Saturday

"So I think you will have to give absolutely everything you have and get the laps to the point," continues Russell, "because if you make a mistake, you won't have enough Corners to make up for the lap time. "

Especially on Saturday it could get chaotic, speculates the Briton: "Everyone will be looking for a slipstream. The route is, I don't know how short. But there is probably not enough space for 20 cars on the route. And the race will be pretty crazy. It will be exciting for sure. "

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Onboard Lap of Bahrain ' Oval '. With endless complications, and some drivers expressing private reservations about how good it will be as an F 1 track, many First of all, it will be something totally different for F 1 . This is a layout that was probably never originally intended for grand prix cars, and it

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Williams team-mate Nicholas Latifi points out that the new section of the track to be driven is "quite bumpy". "It's obviously not used very often. The asphalt is very, very old." The layout should not be underestimated either.

Challenge when setting up the biggest

"Basically there are now only three long straights, as opposed to a whole infield section in Bahrain, where you need a little more downforce. I think it will be a unique challenge for the set- up of the car because it is completely different from what was the case on the first race weekend, "said Latifi.

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McLaren driver Lando Norris agrees with him on this point: "Of course this or the next weekend will be much more difficult because we are on our way have to prepare several races. Even if the layout is very simple and different, there is a lot to understand and change with the car in order to really maximize everything. "

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Formula 1 drivers will discuss concerns about plans to use the outer loop layout of the Bahrain Grosjean added: "I just said it looked tricky to me. Renault's Esteban Ocon was enthusiastic about the decision to use the outer layout in Bahrain after completing some initial tests on his home simulator.

Formula 1 has revealed it will use the outer ' oval ' layout of the Bahrain International Circuit for the second race held at the track in December. It has now been confirmed by F 1 that the second Bahrain race on 6 December - known as the Sakhir Grand Prix - will be staged on the outer loop layout.

The outer track variant in Bahrain reminds Norris of the Thruxton Circuit in England. "Because there aren't many corners," explains the Briton. "It's small, sharp corners like we have in Bahrain, but at the same time it's a small, oval-shaped track and it's also very short. It should make good racing possible."

"More simulation work, more engineering work required"

Carlos Sainz does not classify the track itself as really demanding: "I think there are only two additional corners that we will drive in Bahrain. The remaining two or three corners We'll be riding the track a week in advance so it will be pretty easy to learn and maximize every corner. "

However, he also sees the vote as the greatest challenge. "Because it is not a typical track in Formula 1," emphasizes the McLaren driver. "You never go on such a racetrack with only long straights and two or three corners."

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Carlos Sainz sees the right compromise in the set-up as the challenge

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"It will really be a bit of an experiment for Formula 1. I think it will be one There will be a lot of talk about the rear wing, what level of downforce you are driving and all that. Of course there is our input as a driver, but it's more simulation work, more engineering work that the team needs. "

Ricciardo a fan of various layouts

Most drivers familiarized themselves with the track in advance in the simulator, such as Daniel Ricciardo. The Renault driver also says: "It will be interesting. I don't think we have ever come to a track like this, where there are so few corners, but which are followed by quite long straights."

"I hope that we have enough momentum in the chicane to get close, get into the slipstream and prepare a few overtaking maneuvers, for example in the last corner. Time will tell," said Ricciardo, looking ahead.

"But I'm a fan of changing the layout when we're racing on the same circuit for two consecutive weekends," the Australian concludes. "So I'm for it. And I'm excited to see how it works."

With images from LAT.

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