Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Bahrain Grand Prix preview

Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Bahrain Grand Prix preview

23.03.2021: 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix Sakhir International Circuit 26-28 March 2021 The 2021 Formula One season gets underway at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend as Aston Martin returns to the World Championship grid for the first time since

2021 Bahrain Grand Prix
Sakhir International Circuit
26-28 March 2021




The 2021 Formula One season gets underway at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend as Aston Martin returns to the World Championship grid for the first time since the 1960 British Grand Prix – ending an absence of 61 years. Ahead of the milestone moment in Aston Martin’s history, here’s your guide to the upcoming Grand Prix…



Keys to the Race from Cognizant



It’s time for the Duel in the Desert. Quick thinking on the pitwall, conserving tyres on the abrasive surface and responding to fluctuating track conditions could make the difference between success and heartbreak. Cognizant breaks down the demands of this weekend’s Grand Prix.  



•    Desert winds regularly deposit sand on the circuit, so there’s fairly hefty track evolution across the race weekend as the cars clear the sand and rubber-in the racing line. Pirelli brings its C2, C3 and C4 compounds to this race (Hard, Medium and Soft) – the same as last year.


The track surface is particularly abrasive, so expect to see high degradation and multi-stop strategies as default. Pole position is on the left-hand side of the track – it’s a relatively short 460m run from P1 down to Turn One.
 


•    In general, passing is relatively easy at Bahrain. Excluding the opening lap and restarts, there were 53 overtakes in last year’s race – and 70 per cent of those were DRS-assisted. It’s the fifth-easiest track on the calendar for overtaking. Austria and Montreal top the list for most passing action; Monaco, unsurprisingly, is the hardest place to overtake.


 The majority of passes happen into Turn One, where a following car is assisted by a DRS zone along the straight and heavy braking into a second-gear right-hander, which offers multiple lines for attack and defence. Another popular passing spot is into Turn Four, for the same reasons (DRS assist/heavy braking).
 


•    Safety cars are less likely at Bahrain than at many other circuits. Why? Because the huge asphalt run-offs mean cars are less likely to end up stranded on the track. However, the first race of any season always brings additional reliability worries.




In Numbers



Number of laps    57
Lap length    5.412km
Number of corners    15
Race distance    308.238km
Lap record    1:31.447 (Pedro de la Rosa, 2005)
Qualifying lap record    1:27.264 (Lewis Hamilton, 2020)



Power of Data


The team creates enough data each race weekend (roughly 220GB) to fill the memory of almost 28 laptops. Speedy and efficient transfer is essential to enable real-time analysis of the data by our engineers at both the track and the factory.



To aid the process, the team can log and monitor 1,300-1,400 different data channels in a system roughly totalling 30,000 channels.  





Fast Facts




140,000: The amount of run-off in square metres around the circuit. That might sound lenient – but the run-off is dusty and slippery, and needs to be avoided.



1,120: The number of palm trees surrounding the circuit.



496: The number of days it took Hermann Tilke and his team to build the Bahrain International Circuit, one of the first of over 20 circuits the German designer and his company has worked on.



5: No other track has more FIA-certified layouts. These include the Outer Track, which hosted last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix, the 24-turn Endurance Circuit, and the Test Oval. It has also a popular drag strip.
 



Matt Bishop - photos Aston Martin Racing  

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