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Formula 1 is back in action this weekend once again in Bahrain for the Sakhir Grand Prix.

This weekend will see F1 run on its 'outer circuit' for the first time. With lap times expected to be well under 60 seconds, it's set to be a fascinating weekend.

It's been a busy week in the world of F1 as Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for COVID-19 meaning George Russell has received the call-up from Mercedes.

 

 

Jack Aitken is Russell's replacement down at Williams, while Pietro Fittipaldi is Romain Grosjean's replacement as the Frenchman continues to recover following his horrific Lap 1 crash in Bahrain last time out.

What to expect from this weekend?

The shorter, Bahrain 'oval' will mean the Mercedes-powered cars, McLaren and Renault will surely benefit due to the long straights.

The short lap will mean traffic will be a common occurrence throughout practice and qualifying. 

Getting the tyres up to temperature will also be a key factor given the lack of high-energy corners.

Pirelli Formula 1 boss Mario Isola said ahead of the weekend: “We get to experience something quite different during both weekends in Bahrain. Perhaps the most interesting challenge will be the Sakhir Grand Prix, as it’s not like any other circuit where we have raced before: even though it uses about half of the standard grand prix track. While there are some simulation data already, we need to wait for real data from free practice to understand the exact effect on wear, degradation, and therefore strategy. On top of that, we’re bringing tyres that are a step softer than last year, which open up more opportunities in terms of strategy.

“During the first weekend drivers will run the new 2021 tyres on Friday with the C3 compound, getting a first proper taste of the rubber they will use next year. Formula 2 is also back for the final round alongside F1, in a pair of races with different tyre nominations that will decide the title”.