Bahrain

The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) celebrates its Formula One 10-year hosting anniversary in April by switching to a night race. Elisha Chauhan finds out the rationale and commercial implications.

Organisers of Formula One’s Bahrain grand prix plan to host the event as a night race from next season onwards.

Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani has claimed the staging of this year’s Formula One grand prix is proof that officials made the correct call in pushing for the event to happen.

International Motorsport Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt has insisted Formula One will not suffer any long-term damage to its brand following the Bahrain Grand Prix, while commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone has maintained that the event has a solid future.

Formula One’s decision to give the green light to the Bahrain Grand Prix has come under further scrutiny after a group of British lawmakers called on sponsors to “curtail” their backing of the race, while the Force India team found itself caught in the middle of protests.

The organisers of this weekend’s inaugural Bahrain Invitational golf tournament have insisted that the event will go ahead as planned, as Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix continues to come under scrutiny.

Formula One’s commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has claimed the sport’s teams will have the final say over whether they compete in the Bahrain Grand Prix after local organisers hit out at “scaremongering” surrounding the race.

Formula One’s teams have called on the sport’s stakeholders to cancel, or at least postpone, the forthcoming Bahrain Grand Prix amid continuing concerns over security in the country, according to a report.

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have gained important backing in their bid to bring Formula One back to the country after receiving support from Cherif Bassiouni, the chairman of the independent commission which has monitored the fractious situation in the Gulf state over the past year.

The International Motorsport Federation (FIA) and Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone have maintained that the sport is committed to returning to Bahrain this year, despite continued violence in the Gulf Kingdom a year on from its supressed uprising.

The International Motorsport Federation (FIA) has come under renewed pressure to reconsider its decision to allow Formula One’s Bahrain Grand Prix to go ahead after a group of British politicians expressed their unease at the situation in the country.

Christian Horner, the influential team principal at Formula One team Red Bull, has voiced concerns about the “rather worrying” situation in Bahrain just six months before the championship is scheduled to visit the Gulf kingdom.

The International Motorsport Federation (FIA) has ratified the cancellation of this season’s Formula One Grand Prix after giving its backing to a revised calendar on Wednesday.

Jean Todt, the head of the International Motorsport Federation (FIA), has insisted it was Formula One rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone’s responsibility to carry out “due diligence” on the now-doomed Bahrain Grand Prix.

Formula One rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone admitted on Wednesday that the Bahrain Grand Prix is set to be dropped from the 2011 calendar after all.

The fate of the Bahrain Grand Prix is once again shrouded in uncertainty after Formula One rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone raised fresh concerns about the safety situation in the troubled Middle Eastern country.

Max Mosley, the former president of the global governing body of motorsport, has criticised the decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix to this year’s Formula One calendar.