With the Bahrain race coming just a week after the Malaysian race, there has been no time to test or develop new parts. Thus the similarity in the two circuits proved useful to the teams, with both tracks being fast with high ambient temperatures. As there were almost no developments to speak of at Sakhir, this is a good point to consider how the teams are faring and to look into detail on some of the cars.
Although similar to Sepang, the Sakhir circuit has its own demands on the cars. As a modern wide track, the featureless circuit is made up largely of the three straights linked by slow corners. Due to the simplicity of the layout the car is either accelerating to maximum speed or braking, in fact two thirds of the track is on open throttle. Aiding the teams' reliability was the scheduled replacement of most the engines, which had run the two previous races.
This fast/slow nature is without any long challenging corners, yet the track's grippy bumpless surface places a heavy toll on brakes and tyres. Much like the Malaysian race, most of the teams arrived in Bahrain having tested here already. This allowed the teams to evaluate the tyres, set up and cooling for the race. For the old Michelin runners the extra tyre knowledge helped reduce the gap to the existing Bridgestone teams, as they had no data for this track.
However with the Sakhir circuit being based in the desert and used infrequently, the surface changes during the weekend as the track rubbers-in and the wind blows dust onto the track. Exacerbated by these changes, tyres are prone to degrading and excessive wear. In the race many cars suffered understeer and others overly worn rears.