Formula 1 drivers will discuss concerns about plans to use the outer loop layout of the Bahrain International Circuit in December, according to GPDA director Romain Grosjean.
F1 announced last week that the second race in Bahrain – the Sakhir Grand Prix – would be staged on the track’s outer loop layout, promising lap times of under 55 seconds in qualifying.
The 11-corner circuit is just 2.202 miles long, meaning the race will last 87 laps. A pole position time of 53.9 seconds has been predicted by F1 following its own simulations, smashing the previous record held since 1974 by Niki Lauda.
While some drivers including Renault’s Esteban Ocon have praised the call, calling it “awesome”, Haas driver Grosjean said last week in Belgium that he was not “fully convinced” by the decision, believing it could be a “nightmare” in qualifying and with blue flags in the race due to