Is the Bahrain Grand Prix a Night Race? How Is a Night Race Different From a Regular Race?

Published 03/24/2021, 9:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021 General view of Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Formula One races are normally held in the daytime. However, the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix, in 2008, introduced the concept of night races. Since then, the Bahrain Grand Prix has adopted the night race format, along with Abu Dhabi. This year’s season-opening Bahrain GP is also a night race, which begins at 18:30 PM.

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Now, the biggest difference between day races and night races largely centers around the change in temperature. The nights will definitely be a lot cooler than the daytime. As a result, it will dramatically affect the tires’ ability to generate heat. During the daytime, the warmer temperatures, coupled with the heat of the cars and the track, will speed up the process.

Another reason will be a more aesthetic one, as it is quite difficult to resist the prospect of racing under floodlights. To be perfectly honest, it would be a very picturesque scene. Of course, the Bahrain Grand Prix race is not a complete night race, as it transitions from evening to nightfall.

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How else is the Bahrain Grand Prix important as a night race?

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From a marketing perspective, night races are pretty important. This is because Formula One has a massive European market, and a night race on Asian soil ensures that there are European viewers. The fact that the races take place at night is just an extra bonus for the spectacle aspect of Formula One.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 12, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Obviously, this will bode well to boost the image of the respective countries as a tourist destination. At the same time, the night races will also provide a new challenge for the drivers. At the end of the day, it is all about adaptability and the drivers have to respond to the conditions as best as they can.

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Thus, the 2021 Bahrain GP, will surely be an interesting race. Especially considering that this is the season opener, nobody knows what the pecking order will be.

READ MORE: Weather Predictions for the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2021: Are Heat and Dust Storms a Major Factor?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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