One week until Formula 1

April 11, 2013 § Leave a comment

The stage is set for a grand spectacle of sport and entertainment when Bahrain’s most popular event, the 2013 Formula 1™ Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, takes place in just one week. The world’s top F1 drivers are gearing up to showcase their skills on the track, so here’s a quick look back at the former champions who have found glory at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) in Sakhir.

The first Bahrain GP took place on 4 April 2004. It made history as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East, and was given the award for the “Best Organized Grand Prix” by the FIA. The race was won by acclaimed German driver Michael Schumacher for Ferrari. Fernando Alonso won the second Bahrain Grand Prix for Renault in 2005, and then became the first repeat winner of the Middle Eastern race in 2006, once again for Renault, after a thrilling race-long battle with Michael Schumacher. In 2007 and 2008, Brazilian Felipe Massa won the race for Ferrari, and 2009 saw Jenson Button win for Brawn GP. In 2010, the Spaniard Alonso became the first three-time winner of the Bahrain GP.

2012 champion, Sebastian Vettel will be back with Infinity Red Bull Racing seeking a repeat Bahrain GP win, as well as another World Drivers’ Championship, having won his third consecutive title in the final race of 2012. After two races, Vettel currently leads the championship, with teammate Mark Webber in third place, leading into the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend, before they take to the circuit in Bahrain.

While Schumacher has recently retired from the sport, several other former champions will join Vettel back on the desert circuit April 19 through 21, including Alonso and Massa. Race fans from around Bahrain, the Middle East region, and the whole world, are also looking ahead to a fantastic three days of exciting entertainment at the BIC, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East.”

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