The Bahrain Grand Prix will continue to feature on the Formula 1 calendar until at least the end of the 2036 season after Formula 1 announced a contract extension with the Bahrain International Circuit.
Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali said the Bahrain Grand Prix will continue to provide “incredible racing and excitement” for fans through the extended deal.
“Since 2004 we have had some fantastic races in Sakhir and we cannot wait to be back there for the start of the 2022 championship as we begin a new era for the sport,” Domenicali said. “Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East to welcome Formula 1 and it has a very special place in our sport, and I personally want to thank HRH Prince Salman and his team for their dedication and hard work throughout our partnership and look forward to the many years of racing ahead of us.”
Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit, said the extension of the Bahrain Grand Prix on the Formula 1 calendar reflected how the sport was continuing to grow in the Middle East.
“After 18 years of F1 racing, we are proud to have played a part in F1’s rich history and we now looking forward to continuing to build on that heritage well into the future,” he said. “The growth and interest in Motorsport in Bahrain and the Middle East has significant momentum, with a new generation of fans embracing our great sport and we look forward to continuing that progress.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix will again act as the season-opening round of the Formula 1 championship this year. This year’s race, the first to be run with F1’s radical new rules for the 2022 season, will take place on Sunday 20th March, following the second pre-season test at the Bahrain International Circuit the week prior.
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