Lance Stroll: “The arrival of Aston Martin underlines all of the potential on this group; it is a very thrilling second for us all.
“We’re persevering with to develop as an organisation – meaning we’ll have extra individuals and extra sources to know the automobile and the way it operates; however we’re nonetheless understanding how the group is rising. I do not assume we had been capable of present our full potential through the Bahrain take a look at, so there’s positively extra efficiency to come back throughout these opening races, which is thrilling.”
Sebastian Vettel: “It will be a little bit of a studying curve in these first few races: for me, it is a new group – I am nonetheless attending to know everybody, nonetheless understanding how the AMR21 needs to be pushed, and familiarising myself with the group. I am very excited to be firstly of that journey in Bahrain this weekend. The circumstances had been very attention-grabbing throughout testing – excessive winds made it fairly difficult to drive – and we all know that tyre degradation is at all times a key issue right here. It ought to make for an thrilling race.”
• Desert winds recurrently deposit sand on the circuit, so there’s pretty hefty monitor evolution throughout the race weekend because the automobiles clear the sand and rubber-in the racing line. Pirelli brings its C2, C3 and C4 compounds to this race (Laborious, Medium and Gentle) – the identical as final yr. The monitor floor is especially abrasive, so anticipate to see excessive degradation and multi-stop methods as default. Pole place is on the left-hand facet of the monitor – it is a comparatively brief 460m run from P1 all the way down to Flip One.
• Usually, passing is comparatively straightforward at Bahrain. Excluding the opening lap and restarts, there have been 53 overtakes in final yr’s race – and 70 per cent of these had been DRS-assisted. It is the fifth-easiest monitor on the calendar for overtaking. Austria and Montreal prime the checklist for many passing motion; Monaco, unsurprisingly, is the toughest place to overhaul. The vast majority of passes occur into Flip One, the place a following automobile is assisted by a DRS zone alongside the straight and heavy braking right into a second-gear right-hander, which affords a number of strains for assault and defence. One other widespread passing spot is into Flip 4, for a similar causes (DRS help/heavy braking).
• Security automobiles are much less seemingly at Bahrain than at many different circuits. Why? As a result of the massive asphalt run-offs imply automobiles are much less prone to find yourself stranded on the monitor. Nonetheless, the primary race of any season at all times brings further reliability worries.
Energy of Knowledge
The group creates sufficient information every race weekend (roughly 220GB) to fill the reminiscence of virtually 28 laptops. Speedy and environment friendly switch is important to allow real-time evaluation of the info by our engineers at each the monitor and the manufacturing facility.
To help the method, the group can log and monitor 1,300-1,400 totally different information channels in a system roughly totalling 30,000 channels.
140,000: The quantity of run-off in sq. metres across the circuit. Which may sound lenient – however the run-off is dusty and slippery, and must be averted.
1,120: The variety of palm bushes surrounding the circuit.
496: The variety of days it took Hermann Tilke and his group to construct the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit, one of many first of over 20 circuits the German designer and his firm has labored on.
5: No different monitor has extra FIA-certified layouts. These embody the Outer Observe, which hosted final yr’s Sakhir Grand Prix, the 24-turn Endurance Circuit, and the Check Oval. It has additionally a well-liked drag strip.