Williams driver George Russell predicts that qualifying on Bahrain’s outside track will be « a mess » when Formula 1 uses the track for the first time next week.
Bahrain hosts two races in a row for the next two weekends, the first on the usual five. 4 km long route, most of which has been used for almost two decades.
But to add some variety, when the cars drive again on the second weekend they will use high speed 3. 5 km outer track, a track with only four braking points and the expectation that cars can complete a lap in less than a minute.
« I think it’s exciting because the lap times are getting so tight. I assume everyone will be in qualifying within a second. So if you make a little mistake, you can lose a lot of positions on Saturday.
« I think there is going to be absolutely all you have to make sure you nail the lap because if you make a mistake, more than anywhere else, you won’t have enough turns to get that lap time back. « .
« Saturday’s going to be a bit chaotic as everyone will be looking for a slipstream. There is probably not enough space for 20 cars. And the race is going to be pretty insane. So this is going to be exciting. «
« It’s unique if you want to use that. There isn’t much to it. Obviously the first corners are the same. And then you have a chicane like a kind of S and then your back straight into the last corner.
« I hope that we can have enough momentum in the chicane to get closer, get a tow and start overtaking, maybe into the last corner for example.
« I’m a fan of layout changes. If we go to a racetrack twice in two weekends, we change it. And I’m curious how it works. «
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