Bahrain race track in Sakhir was built in 16 months and cost $150 million. Construction was sponsored by the
local companies and Malaysian firm WCT Engineering. More than 3,000 workers were involved in the construction;
70,000 cubic meters of concrete and 8,500 tons of steel were used; 82,000 tire covers were lined up along the
track to protect race participants in the case of accidents. Bahrain race track can seat 50,000 people.
The audience size does not sound impressive in comparison to the international standards; however for Bahrain
this figure means seven percent of the country's population.
Bahrain is more than just a circuit for Formula 1 races; it is a complex of six tracks of various length and
configuration, including a straight line for "drag racing" competitions and an oval track.
Bahrain circuit has its debut on April 4th, 2004. Everybody unanimously agreed that the track had very modern
infrastructure and conditions that would perfectly suit Grand Prix. Bahrain is 5,412 km long. However, despite
the fact that the circuit has many straight lines, it is not a high-speed track. Bahrain has a lot of
"slow" turns, especially at the end of straight lines; this gives drivers an excellent opportunity for
passing, though it also very negatively affects brakes.