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BAR boss first to visit Bahraini race venue 23 Oct 2003

David Richards (GBR) BAR Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Imola, Italy, 18 April 2003

On Tuesday of this week, BAR boss David Richards became the first Formula One team principal to visit the site of the Bahrain International Racing Circuit ahead of 2004's inaugural Grand Prix of Bahrain.

Richards, who was a guest of H.H. the Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain, was given a tour of the innovative US$150 million development, located in Sakhir, in the south of the country. The circuit is due to be operational by early 2004, with the race scheduled for April 4.

Catering for the needs of both the teams and fans, the circuit will feature grandstand seating for up to 70,000 spectators, a futuristic eight-storey VIP viewing tower, and a state-of-the-art pit complex. Having seen the site close up, Richards came away extremely impressed with the circuit and confident that the race will be a fantastic success.

"To see a Formula One circuit emerging from the desert sands is an extraordinary sight and a great credit to the foresight of the Bahraini Government and the Crown Prince," said Richards. "There is clearly a lot of work to be done before next April but the layout looks superb and I am sure it is going to prove a very challenging venue for Formula One."

BAR race driver Jenson Button, who accompanied Richards on a trip to China's Shanghai International Circuit last week, will also shortly be paying a visit to Bahrain to see the construction site of the circuit on which he will be racing in less than six months time.

See also: Button visits Shanghai International Circuit