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Aerial view of the circuit. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Aerial view of Bahrain International Circuit

Feb.19 (Press Release) Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East, alongside national carriers Gulf Air, proudly announced today an exciting programme of events for the upcoming 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive at BIC, and Samer Majali, Chief Executive at Gulf Air

Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive at BIC, and Samer Majali, Chief Executive at Gulf Air

The long awaited race weekend, which is loved by hundreds of thousands of racing fans from across the region, will be the eighth running of the event.

It is scheduled to take place between April 20 and 22 as the fourth round of a record-breaking 20-race calendar that makes up this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship.

The 60-day countdown to the Grand Prix weekend begins tomorrow (Monday, February 20), and as the event nears, excitement and anticipation [is mounting]

All-new details of the Formula One event were revealed at today’s Press conference, held at BIC’s Paddock Club Lounge Six. In attendance were Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive at BIC, and Samer Majali, Chief Executive at Gulf Air.

Together they revealed this year’s slogan for the race: ‘UniF1ed – One Nation in Celebration’. This mantra reflects the unifying spirit of true Formula One fans, who share a passion for the sport and who long to see the very best of motor racing take place in the Kingdom.

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6 leads at the start of the race. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Start of the 2010 Bahrain GP

Shaikh Salman commented:

“Sport brings people together, especially the truest and most dedicated of fans. Be it in football, tennis, golf or motor racing, there is something special about sport that makes it a great unifier.

“We in Bahrain should feel extremely privileged to be part of an exclusive club of only a handful of countries who can say that they are a host of a Grand Prix and are a part of the FIA Formula One World Championship. Our race is a source of pride!

“Based on the success of past grands prix, we are all together looking forward to staging yet another spectacular Formula One weekend. We are excited about making Bahrain proud and for the whole world to see that we are indeed One Nation in Celebration.”

Samer Majali confirmed:

“As Bahrain’s national carrier, we are looking forward to welcoming the return of the Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Paddock buildings and an F1 flag. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday 11 March 2010.  Note: This image has been digitally altered from the original, which is also available on the archive. (d10brn864.jpg)

Formula 1 flag set to fly in Bahrain this April

“We have already seen an increase in bookings for these three days as excitement builds. Gulf Air has been the title sponsor of the Bahrain Grand Prix since it made history in April 2004 as the first Formula One Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East.”

Just as it had been in years past, the 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix will boast a line-up of three of the very best international support series that will complement all the Formula One action.

These supporting categories are headlined by the GP2 Series and Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. Also set to feature is the most popular circuit racing category to come out of the region, the WGA Supercars Championship Middle East.

GP2 is the chief feeder category to Formula One, and it is from here that half of the top flight’s current grid has graduated. GP2 will be staging its second round of the 2012 season in support of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Circuit facilities and entertainment for race fans at the Bahrain International Circuit. Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday 14 March 2010.

Fans at the 2010 race

The Porsche Mobil1 Supercup will be holding its opening round of the 2012 season. The Porsche Supercup is a favourite amongst motor racing fans worldwide and car enthusiasts alike in Bahrain. The championship is among the most popular in the world, with the large number of powerful Porsche 911 race cars battling each other side by side.

The third support series will be the WGA Supercars Middle East Championship. This category will be staging its sixth and final round of the 2011/2012 season at the Bahrain Grand Prix, setting the stage for the coronation of the series’ newest champions in the drivers and teams categories.

Tickets to the Bahrain Grand Prix can be purchased at Bahrain International Circuit’s stand at Bahrain City Centre, online at www.bahraingp.com or by calling the circuit’s hotline on +973-17-450000.

The Grand Prix will boast a line-up of three of the very best international support series that will complement all the Formula One action.

These supporting categories are headlined by the GP2 Series and Porsche Mobil1 Supercup. Also set to feature is the most popular circuit racing category to come out of the region, the WGA Supercars Championship Middle East.

GP2 is the chief feeder category to Formula One, and it is from here that half of the top flight’s current grid has graduated. GP2 will be staging its second round of the 2012 season in support of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

There will also be the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup which will be holding its opening round of the 2012 season. The Porsche Supercup is a favourite amongst motor racing fans worldwide and car enthusiasts alike in Bahrain. The championship is among the most popular in the world, with the large number of powerful Porsche 911 race cars battling each other side by side.