Gone in 60 seconds: F1 reveal plan to smash records

Sub-55s lap times expected for the first time in F1 history at Sakhir GP, the second leg of Bahrain’s November-December double header

Last Updated: 28/08/20 12:41pm

Formula 1 is set to record its fastest-ever lap time durations after it was confirmed Bahrain’s short and super-quick ‘Outer’ track will be used for second leg of the venue’s double-header in December.

Three days after it was announced that Bahrain would follow Austria and Silverstone in staging two races on consecutive weeks as part of the concluding rounds of the 2020 season, F1 have announced that the Sakhir venue’s ‘Outer’ layout will be used for the first time for its second event on December 4-6.

This layout features just 11 corners and simulations suggest it will result in lap times of below 55 seconds in qualifying and under 60s in the race.

The standard Bahrain GP circuit, which will be used as normal for the venue’s first race the week before, runs to 15 corners and last year produced a pole lap of 1:27.866.

The only previous sub-60s pole lap in F1 history (58.79s) was achieved by Ferrari’s Niki Lauda in the 1974 French GP at Dijon.

“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,” said Ross Brawn, F1’s managing director of motorsport.

“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.”

More to follow…

Source : Sky Sports