Bahrain race officials visit Spain 02 May 2003
A delegation of representatives of the Bahrain Grand Prix is visiting the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend, on a fact-finding mission. The historic deal to stage a Grand Prix in the Middle East was signed between the Kingdom of Bahrain and Bernie Ecclestone on September 14 2002, and the race is scheduled to take place towards the end of the 2004 Formula One Grand Prix season. The Bahrain Motorsport Federation, which celebrated its 50th birthday last year, will be tasked with running the event. His Highness the Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a lifelong motorsports fan, is its Honorary President.
The US$150m Bahrain Racing Circuit will be located in Sakhir, in the south of the country, which is around six hours' flying time from most major European capital cities. It will be operational 365 days a year and besides the 5.475 km Grand Prix circuit it will feature inner and outer tracks (2.4 and 3.4 kms), a test oval, a drag strip and a kart track.
A spokesman said: "There is a very high level of excitement in Bahrain about the forthcoming Grand Prix, and our visit to Spain this weekend will provide the perfect opportunity for us to watch the running of a Grand Prix at close quarters."