No decision on 2008 slot say Bahrain organizers

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The Bahrain International Circuit has clarified its position following recent speculation that it will host the first race of the 2008 season.Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer of the Bahrain International Circuit, said: "Until such time as the official 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is announced any speculation about the date of next year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has to be discounted. Only when the official calendar is released will the Bahrain International...Read Full Story

Bahrain to kick-off 2008 season

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According to organizers of the Australian Grand Prix, the Bahrain Grand Prix will kick-off the 2008 Formula One World Championship season.Having hosted the season-opener in 2006, this will be the second time that Bahrain has kicked off the World Championship season.The announcement, which has yet to be officially confirmed by the FIA, came in a statement released by the organizers of the Australian race, Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC). In the statement, AGPC chairman Ron Walker...Read Full Story

Bahrain Grand Prix "illegals" still a problem

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Linked from http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns19215.html --- The authorities in Bahrain are still tracking down 700 people who are now living illegally inside the country, having entered the Gulf state on Formula 1 visas. More than 9000 visas were issued during the race weekend but when they had all expired, the authorities calculated that around 700 people had not left the country. The Gulf Daily News is reporting that the grace period for such people ran out on May 16 and that the authorities...Read Full Story

Just a second covers the first dozen cars at Sakhir

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/5944/772.html ---Kimi Raikkonen maintained the upper hand in second practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, but Lewis Hamilton was only 13 hundredths of a second in arrears as Ferrari and McLaren went head-to-head. On the softer Bridgestone rubber favoured by all the fast runners, the Finn lapped his Ferrari in 1m 33.527s to depose the Englishman, who earlier had done 1m 33.540s. Robert Kubica got BMW Sauber buzzing with his third...Read Full Story

Bahrain named Centre of Excellence by FIA

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/5942/772.html --- The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has become the first Grand Prix venue to receive the prestigious FIA Institute Centre of Excellence award. The award is given to circuit facilities which exemplify the high standards expected by the Institute in terms of technology and the way it relates to best medical, marshalling and race control safety. Professor Sid Watkins, FIA Institute President said: "I'm delighted to announce that...Read Full Story

The race to Bahrain

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Linked from http://www.formula1.com/race/news/5921/772.html --- After a thrilling Grand Prix in Sepang, the Formula One teams have packed up and now face the logistical challenge of reaching Bahrain in time to begin preparations on Thursday for this weekend’s race...Each of the 11 teams travelling to the Kingdom of Bahrain will bring 50-80 shipping cases, containing up to 40 tonnes of equipment. Of that total weight, over 30 tonnes will be taken up by the mechanical needs of the Formula One...Read Full Story

Get ready for an exciting F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 2007

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McLaren Mercedes gave a tough fight to Ferrari in Sepang and ran away with 1-2 for the first time since Brazil 2005. This weekend, the rivalry is going to heat up between the traditional rivals on the desert track in Manama, Bahrain. Drivers will start practice around the track on April 13th and April 14th. They will be out for quick qualifying laps on April 14th and race day in on April 15th. Get ready for another exciting racing weekend!!!Read Full Story