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Special drink created for Bahrain podium 31 Mar 2004

The podium (L to R): Jenson Button (GBR) BAR, third; Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari winner.
Malaysian Grand Prix, Race Day, Rd 2, Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 21 March 2004

Another first for this Sunday's race in the Middle East

The winner of this weekend’s inaugural Grand Prix of Bahrain will celebrate on the victory podium not with traditional champagne, but with a non-alcoholic drink produced especially for the occasion.

Out of respect for the culture and traditions of the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Arabic world, the first three drivers in the Grand Prix will mark their success with Warrd, a unique blend of locally grown fruit - pomegranate and trinj - mixed with rosewater.

The carbonated drink was revealed to expectant members of the media who were visiting the circuit on Wednesday. Speaking at the tasting, HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit said, "The winner's celebration after the Grand Prix is synonymous with the sport of Formula One. Here in Bahrain we want to keep the traditional ceremony for the winner but to do it with a non-alcoholic beverage that is in keeping with our culture and traditions.

“The winner's ceremony in Bahrain will therefore be a unique occasion in the FIA Formula One World Championship and will be yet another reminder of the traditions that make the Kingdom a memorable place to hold the Grand Prix."

The Grand Prix of Bahrain, the third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship, takes place on April 2-4.