The Bahrain Grand Prix will stay on the Method One calendar till at the least 2036, F1’s chief govt mentioned on Friday, in a deal that secures the occasion’s long-term future.
The Gulf island kingdom, which held its first race in 2004, is about to host this 12 months’s season opener on March 20, having additionally hosted the primary spherical final 12 months.
As well as it held two races on two totally different layouts of its Sakhir observe through the COVID-19 pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
“I’m delighted we will probably be racing on the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit till 2036,” Method One chief govt Stefano Domenicali mentioned in an announcement.
“Since 2004 we now have had some incredible races in Sakhir and we can’t wait to be again there for the beginning of the 2022 championship,” he mentioned.
Friday’s information means Method One will proceed to have at the least 4 races within the area for the foreseeable future.
Abu Dhabi, which joined the island kingdom because the second Center Jap race in 2009 and usually hosts the season finale, agreed a brand new deal in December final 12 months maintaining it on the calendar till at the least 2030.
Saudi Arabia joined the schedule for the primary time final 12 months with a deal spanning at the least 10 years.
Qatar, which additionally held its first race in 2021 as a COVID-19 stand-in, is about to return to the calendar in 2023 on a 10-year deal, after internet hosting the soccer World Cup later this 12 months.
The information displays the Center East’s rising profile and affect throughout the sport.
Final week Saudi vitality large Aramco, already a significant Method One sponsor, introduced a partnership with Aston Martin.
Emirati ex-rally driver Mohammed ben Sulayem was elected the primary non-European president of the game’s governing FIA in December, whereas British supercar makers McLaren are majority-owned by Bahrain’s sovereign funding fund Mumtalakat, with Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) additionally offering important funding.
“The expansion and curiosity in motorsport in Bahrain and the Center East has important momentum, with a brand new technology of followers embracing our nice sport,” mentioned Bahrain Worldwide Circuit chief govt Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.
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