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Bahrain to boost spectator experience 10 Mar 2005

Old pickup trucks are used for the drivers parade.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 4 April 2004

Great race about to get even better

Last year Bahrain won the award for best-promoted Grand Prix and this season organisers plan to increase fans’ enjoyment of the event still further through a number of new initiatives.

Nine giant screens have been installed throughout the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), with three opposite the main grandstand. A new television station, BIC TV, will transmit live coverage to these screens, keeping fans up to date with latest events and interviewing stars and members of the Formula One teams.

To complement this each spectator will be provided with a radio set to listen to the BIC’s radio broadcast. The service will be provided in both Arabic and English, and listeners will be able to follow commentaries on the races and other activities.

The circuit itself has also undergone a number of changes ahead of April’s race. The width of the fourth turn has been increased, and the mixture of sand and cement on all sectors has been replaced with sand-coloured asphalt, to enable the cars to return to the course if they slide off.

Additionally, an extensive landscaping campaign is taking place throughout the circuit, where a number of palm trees, flowers and bushes have been planted in the paddock area and in the vending area behind the main grandstand. Also, the relaxation and catering areas have undergone a facelift, so as to better meet the needs of the fans.

A new layer of asphalt has been laid on the path between the stands and the Formula One Village behind the grandstand. Buses will ferry spectators around, so they can enjoy every experience, be it entertainment, qualifying, the support races, and, of course, the Grand Prix.

The second Bahrain Grand Prix meeting, round three of the 2005 FIA Formula One World Championship, takes place on April 1-3. A full entertainment programme for the three-day event will be announced soon.