Formula 1 can race on Bahrain’s Outer Circuit, race director Michael Masi has confirmed.The FIA representative told Speedcafe there is no reason why it couldn’t hold an event on the track, which has FIA grade one status.
“From a regulatory perspective, there is nothing stopping it,” explained Masi, who is in his second season as F1’s race director.
Formula 1’s managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn raised the possibility of F1 racing on Bahrain’s ‘oval like’ short course in addition to the full-length grand prix track this year.
However F1 could not do the same for its two races Silverstone, which has shorter national and international track configurations, as they do not possess the necessary grade one licence.
“Unfortunately we didn’t have that option so much for either Austria or Silverstone,” Masi confirmed. “But if there are other events such as Bahrain that come up with that, and it’s seen as another way of trying to achieve something, then why not?”
At 3.543 kilometres, Bahrain’s Outer Circuit is almost 2km shorter than the grand prix track. The race distance would have to be increased by 30 laps to 87 in order to meet F1’s minimum race distance of 305km.
The FIA’s minimum length requirement for Formula 1 circuits is 3.5km. Silverstone’s International Circuit measures 2.979km. Monaco’s grand prix track is 3.34km long, but is given a dispensation to hold its round of the world championship.
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