According to Brembo technicians, the Outer Track of 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 - the same as for the 5,412-meter (5,918-yard) Bahrain International Circuit used last week.
Unlike the traditional track, this one is just over 3.5 km (2.17 miles) long and has 11 bends rather than 15; the parts common to both are bends 1 to 4, plus the last two. In these points, the mechanical grip will be greater than in past years because the track will have benefited from the rubbering in guaranteed by the Bahrain GP. For the Sakhir GP as well, there is notable wear on the friction materials.