The Bahrain International Circuit will host the 2nd race on the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship calendar from 1 to 3 April.
The Middle Eastern circuit is a very tough test bench for all of the braking system components. In fact, the track pertains to the group of six World Championship races that put the most stress on the braking system. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track is located in a desert area about a dozen kilometres from the capital, Manama. Even though the competition is held at night, the temperatures are extreme: last year, during the race, the temperature of the asphalt never fell below 28.8 degrees. This increases mechanical grip and makes thermal exchange difficult during the braking process. This aspect, together with an abundance of high energy stopping and braking sections at short distances from each other, leads to greater wear of the friction material: the biggest danger to be avoided if one wants to finish the Grand Prix.
According to Brembo technicians, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of 1 to 10, the Bahrain International Circuit falls into the category of the most challenging circuits for brakes. The Bahrain track earned a score of 9 on the difficulty index, identical to recently built tracks like Singapore and Baku, which has yet to be used.