A view from the main grandstand at the Sakhir circuit, photo by Ange Embuldeniya

A view from the main grandstand at the Sakhir circuit, photo by Ange Embuldeniya

If the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2012 does go ahead then attendance is likely to be poor and there is a risk that with the Grand Prix, being an obvious target for protestors, will see disruption and potentially violence. We recommend that for 2012 you avoid the Grand Prix and until the situation in the country is resolved and those responsible for violence on both sides are bought to justice, through a fair trial, the Bahrain Grand Prix is avoided. There is of course also still a high chance that the race will be cancelled and this could even be done by the government concerned about the attention it will bring to the country.

 

Tickets have gone on sale as of the 20th of February, this may mean ticket sales are poor and atmosphere limited and it is still far from certain the race will go ahead and that the race weekend wouldn’t be disrupted.

 

In the future if you do choose to go to the Bahrain Grand Prix though you will find General Admission areas on the straights from turn three to turn four and the first part of the straight from turn 13 to turn 14. There are then grandstands along the start finish straight and the oasis complex overlooking the straight in the middle of the track.

 

Much of the twisting infield part of the track doesn’t have any stands and so the best chance of seeing them is with binoculars with Bahrain Grand Prix tickets for the Oasis complex. There are grandstands by the turn 1, 2 and 3 complex which are probably the most interesting parts of the circuit and the best chance of seeing overtaking if you by Sakhir circuit tickets here. There is also a grandstand by the final corner: this is a fast corner though and so you may only see cars quite briefly, this isn’t ideal for photography especially. All grandstands have a view of a super-screen but the general admission areas do not.