Like many modern tracks that have hosted Formula 1, it was designed by Hermann Tilke and is highly regarded for its high driving difficulty. Inaugurated in 1999, the track is 5.543 km long, has 15 turns and eight straights and is a proving ground for both drivers and cars, especially at certain times of the year when humidity and air temperature are themselves a challenge.
Overtaking is easy because of the width of the roadway. Its most defining feature is two long straights connected by a sharp hairpin bend. The track design includes an exciting variety of turns of different radii and counter slopes. Braking systems are put under some stress, as are the tyres. This is mainly due to the high track temperatures rather than the nature of the asphalt.