The Formula 1 World Championship starts back up in Bahrain with brand new single-seaters, new tires and even custom braking systems. According to Brembo technicians, the Bahrain International Circuit is one of the most demanding for the brakes. On a difficulty index scale of 1 to 5, it earned a 4 - exactly the same as legendary tracks like Monza and Spa-Francorchamps, albeit with very different characteristics than these.
The Bahrain GP will be a test bench for all these new products, partly because of an asphalt that is usually extremely abrasive, with the sand clearing off lap after lap and where the wind often plays a determining role. Plus, the race will start after sundown, so it will be held in artificial lighting. However, this year the presence of lenticular wheel covers, also brand new, will keep us from enjoying the view of the incandescent carbon discs during braking at the end of the straights.