Bahrain on track for F1 debut race

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

Final preparations are being made to the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the Middle East's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix on April 4th.

Bahrain on track for F1 debut race

Sakhir, Bahrain:

Final preparations are being made to the Bahrain International Circuit ahead of the Middle East's inaugural Formula One Grand Prix on April 4th. The $150 million US dollar track is already earning rave reviews from those inside the F1 paddock. From the air, it is clear that the Bahrain International Circuit is almost ready for formula one action. Final preparations are being made, with work reportedly ahead of schedule. The 5.475 km circuit is located at Sakhir, south west of the country's capital city Manama. Designed by German architect Hermann Tilke, the track combines modern architecture with traditional Arabian design. The grandstands are covered by Arabian style tents topped off with traditional wind towers to give an authentic local feel to the venue. Clearly, those that have helped to instigate the Middle East's inaugural Grand Prix have a lot of pride after seeing their efforts come to fruition: "It means a lot. It is the largest event ever in the Middle East. Formula One is the third largest sports event in the world and it's just a great pleasure to host such an event here in Bahrain. I think everyone is excited about it and the whole people - not just in Bahrain - but the whole people in the region are looking forward for such an event," said Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. The track itself is undulating with a mix of slow tight corners and long fast straights. Already the design is earning rave reviews from those with expert knowledge of life in the fast lane. "It's always fascinating to have a new circuit on the calendar. Bahrain, of course, I've known the people there for a very long time - even back in 2002 when they were first toying with the idea and then it fermented and became a reality. So, I went out to have a look at what there doing and the circuit I can promise you - for me if I was a driver - it would be the circuit I would want to drive on most. It looks absolutely amazing, said Eddie Jordan, who owns the Jordan F1 Team. All the major construction work on the site is complete - thanks to a workforce numbering over 2,800. Only the final layers of tarmac and a few finishing touches are needed before Bahrain becomes ready for the arrival of Formula One. (AP)

Topics : Formula 1
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