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Sauber to bring Formula One fever to Bahrain 13 Feb 2004

Aerodynamic fin down the back of the engine cover on the Sauber C22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Italian Grand Prix, Preparations, Monza, Italy, 11 September 2003

Bahrain will thrill to the sight and sound of Formula One power next week when Sauber test driver Neel Jani takes to the streets of the Kingdom's capital, Manama, ahead of its inaugural Grand Prix on April 4.

In an event dubbed "F1 Fever", Jani will blast along a designated sea-front section of the King Faisal Highway at the wheel of a 2003-spec Sauber C22. With the Swiss driver expected to reach up to 300 kph, it will be the first time a modern Grand Prix car has been driven at speed in the Middle East.

Jani's run will be the climax of "F1 Fever" which is due to run from 1400 until 1700 on February 19. Other on-track activity will include rally car displays from the likes of FIA Middle East Rally Champion Mohammed bin Sulayem, custom cars and hot rods, while a DJ, racing simulators and competitions will keep visitors entertained in the dedicated spectator area.

Organisers hope that Jani's exploits will attract thousands of spectators from Bahrain and the Middle East region, all keen to get a sneak preview of the Formula One action in prospect later this year at the newly-built Bahrain International Circuit.