This first weekend of December, Formula 1 will break a record whose existence dates back to 1974, a rare circumstance. That year, Niki Lauda achieved pole position for the French Grand Prix in 58 seconds and 79 tenths on the short circuit of Dijon-Prenois, which is today the shortest lap completed in a Grand Prix weekend. That record will fall during the dispute of the Sakhir Grand Prize, the second race of the season at the Bahrain International Circuit, and the first in history on the perimeter variant of the Sakhir track, just over 3.5 kilometers long.
Joining the second and last straight with part of the endurance section, the fast circuit will be completed with laps of less than 55 seconds, focusing on the effectiveness of top speed, the three heavy braking, and handling. of the car in the bumpy middle section. From there, everything is unknown on a grill with three essential novelties: George Russell replaces champion Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes for his positive in COVID-19, Jack Aitken fills Russell’s vacancy at Williams, and Pietro Fittipaldi replaces the convalescent Romain Grosjean, present in the paddock.