2016 Bahrain Grand Prix : BREMBO BRAKE FACTS FOR FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX By Brembo DETROIT, (Mar. 31, 2016) – Brembo is pleased to continue an initiative dedicated to the media covering the Formula 1 World Championship that shows braking facts for F1 cars specific to each circuit. This weekend, Formula 1 heads to the Bahrain International Circuit for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. The Middle Eastern circuit is a very tough test bench for all of the braking system components. In fact, the track pertains to the group of six World Championship races that puts the most stress on the braking system. Designed by Hermann Tilke, the track is located in a desert area about a dozen miles from the capital, Manama. Even though the race is held at night, the temperatures are extreme: last year during the race, the temperature of the asphalt never fell below 28.8 degrees Celsius (83.84 degrees Fahrenheit). This increases mechanical grip and makes thermal exchange difficult during the braking process. This aspect, together with an abundance of high energy stopping and braking sections at short distances from each other, leads to greater wear of the friction material: the biggest danger to be avoided if one wants to finish the Grand Prix. According to Brembo engineers, who classified the 21 World Championship tracks on a scale of one to 10, the Bahrain International Circuit falls into the category of the most challenging circuits for brakes. The Bahrain track earned a score of nine on the difficulty index, identical to recently built tracks like Singapore and Baku, which has yet to be used. Brembo supplied its first racing brake system to Ferrari in 1975, in the Formula One World Championship. Since then, the Italian company has invested heavily in research and development of highly innovative and technological products. Since 1975, the Italian brake manufacturer earned championships in F1 (21 Drivers' and 25 Manufacturers'), 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 of 27 years), MotoGP (25 of 28) and four in IndyCar since returning to the series in 2012.About Brembo SpA Brembo SpA is the world leader and acknowledged innovator of disc brake technology for automotive vehicles. Brembo supplies high performance brake systems for the most important manufacturers of cars, commercial vehicles and motorbikes worldwide, as well as clutches and other components for racing. Brembo is also a leader in the racing sector and has won more than 300 championships. Today the company operates in 16 countries on 3 continents, with 24 production and business sites, and a pool of about 7,800 employees, about 10% of whom are engineers and product specialists active in the R&D. 2015 turnover is € 2,073.2 million (12.31.2015). Brembo is the owner of the Brembo, Breco, AP, Bybre, and Marchesini brands and operates through the AP Racing brand.