Top award for Bahrain Grand Prix 13 Dec 2004
Organisers of the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix were celebrating this weekend after picking up the prize for the best organised Formula One race at the annual FIA awards in Monaco.
Bahrain fought off tough competition to claim the prize, in particular from fellow 2004 debutant China, whose race at the all-new Shanghai International Circuit had also drawn widespread acclaim for its impressive facilities.
In Monaco to accept the award on behalf of the Kingdom of Bahrain was His Excellency Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, who paid tribute to those who had helped make the inaugural Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit such a success.
This is a wonderful endorsement of the effort and commitment of the Government and the team of people who worked so tirelessly to realise the dream of a Grand Prix in Bahrain, to construct the circuit and then run the race to the highest professional standards, he said according to the circuits official website.
All those involved in the FIA Formula One World Championship were full of praise for the level of organisation at our Grand Prix and the friendly atmosphere in which it was conducted. Everyone involved can be justifiably proud of this recognition.
Bahrain will host round three of the FIA Formula One World Championship in 2005, when it will have further competition for next years prize from Turkey, which is to hold its maiden Grand Prix on August 21.