The Bahrain Grand Prix organizers have announced they are ditching this year’s track layout, which was longer and slower — and with 100 times more boring! — and returning to the previously used track layout.
Here’s the details:
The Bahrain International Circuit, home of the Bahrain Grand Prix, plans to return to its original Formula One track configuration for 2011. It follows the use of an extended layout for this yearâ€™s season-opening race.
That extended layout, dubbed the â€˜endurance trackâ€™ by organisers, was used as part of Bahrainâ€™s festivities to mark 60 years of the Formula One world championship. It lengthened the lap from 5.412km to 6.299km with an additional complex of nine corners, starting at Turn Four.
â€œAs the inaugural round of the Formula One world championshipâ€™s 60th anniversary season, it was important for us to celebrate this momentous occasion by doing something very unique and different,â€ said Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, the circuitâ€™s acting CEO.
â€œIt was an enormous task given the time frame we had to implement it, but one that demonstrated Bahrainâ€™s characteristics as a race promoter prepared to continually make changes designed to heighten the awareness and increase the levels of presentation associated with the sport of Formula One.â€
Bahrain joined the F1 calendar in 2004 and now has three track layouts approved by the FIA for Formula One use.
OK, so let me get it straight. To celebrate F1’s 60th anniversary, the Bahrain folks did “something very unique* and different.” You mean, “try to have the most boring race possible with the most exciting cars in the world?”
Well, if so, mission accomplished. (Not that I remember the race, of course.)
Let me also get this straight: There are tree layouts there approved by the FIA for F1 races. Are any of them, you know, approved by fans for our enjoyment?
* By the way, something can’t be “very unique” because EVERYTHING is unique. Everything, people, everything! OK, pet peeve mode off.