Due to the Corona emergency, two races took place on the Bahrain International Circuit 2020, one on the conventional, one on the short course. In 2022 there could be both on the same weekend!
Because of the corona pandemic, the Formula 1 World Cup in 2022 had to be turned inside out. One of the consequences: two World Championship races took place on the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC); one on the traditional 5.421 kilometer circuit, and another new race the following weekend on the 3.543 kilometer outer ring – with a pole position time of just under 53 seconds (Valtteri Bottas) and a full throttle of 75 percent .
As a result, the fans were offered a dramatic World Championship run (held as the Sakhir Grand Prix), in which George Russell shone as Hamilton replacement driver for Mercedes and which was ultimately won by the then Racing Point driver Sergio Pérez.
The Bahrain GP 2021 as the World Cup prelude then took place again on the familiar, long slope layout. But the outer ring could return in 2022 – as a route variant, one of the six planned sprints should take place on the Bahrain International Circuit!
Salman Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, managing director of the BIC, has announced that he is open to a corresponding proposal from Formula 1.
The World Cup will also kick off in 2022 on the racetrack, which opened in March 2004, with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 20.
It is currently being considered on which six racing weekends on one of the 23 Formula 1 tracks in 2022 a sprint should be held on Saturday, the result of which will then result in the starting grid for Sunday’s Grand Prix.
In 2021, Formula 1 experimented with the sprint format for the first time, driving the Mini-GP (a third of the normal racing distance) in Silverstone, Monza and Interlagos.
Most drivers and fans are of the same opinion: The races were mixed in terms of tension, but the weekend itself is upgraded, because a Friday with only two free practice sessions turns into a Friday with just one practice session in the sprint format, and then it’s off in the qualification. A second free practice session follows on Saturday morning, the sprint in the afternoon and the main race on Sunday.
Planned Formula 1 World Cup in 2022
23-25 February: Test drives Barcelona, Spain
11-13 March: Test drives Sakhir, Bahrain
March 20: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 27: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
April 10: Melbourne, Australia
April 24th: Imola, Italy
May 8: Miami, USA
May 22nd: Barcelona, Spain
May 29: Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 12: Baku, Azerbaijan
June 19: Montreal, Canada
July 3: Silverstone, Great Britain
July 10: Spielberg, Austria
July 24th: Le Castellet, France
July 31: Budapest, Hungary
August 28th: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 4th: Zandvoort, Netherlands
September 11th: Monza, Italy
September 25: Sochi, Russia
October 2: Singapore
October 9: Suzuka, Japan
October 23: Austin, USA
October 30: Mexico City, Mexico
November 13: São Paulo, Brazil
November 20: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi