The Return of F1 to Bahrain in 2014

September 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

Yesterday, I was delighted to read that Bahrain would be hosting the fifth event on the Formula One Grand Prix schedule in 2014. Next year’s race will mark the 10 year anniversary of the first Grand Prix to be held in Bahrain – which was also the first event held in the Middle East. The Bahrain International Circuit is currently undergoing considerable renovations to mark this occasion and to ensure the track is prepared to host a nighttime race.

Every year, the Bahrain Grand Prix offers a great opportunity for all Bahrainis to come together in celebration of a common achievement for our country. The event also provides immeasurable economic and social benefits for business, hotels, and restaurants who cater to the fans who travel to Bahrain from all over the world to attend.

Politics should never interfere in sport, and I deeply believe that the Grand Prix can play an important role in national reconciliation. It is sometimes easy to lose track of the fact that, despite many difficulties we have faced as a country, Bahrain remains one of the most progressive countries in the Middle East – and we have a great deal to offer the world. I am eagerly anticipating being able to attend.

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