Bahrain Grand Prix tickets now on sale 19 February, 2012 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 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. 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. 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. 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. stewy33 So, are they going to let some people out of prision to help run the track and concessions for the race? As for ‘UniF1ed – One Nation in Celebration’ I guess we can celebrate tourturing bastards that have lost the right to call themselves men. Your own children should spit on you when you come home. Rick ‘The long awaited race weekend, which is loved by hundreds of thousands of racing fans from across the region’ That’s certainly not speaking on my behalf. Absolutely shit boring race and it’d be better served at a good venue where at least human rights aren’t in question. sennauno The same as the older drivers are ousted by the younger with big sponsorship money, democracy is ousted by moneys accrued by the Bahrain GP. Business is business as usual for Bernie. Thumbs down Skidmarc I for one, will not watch this race. Sugar coat it all you want…. Bec @Skidmarc Most people in the UK won’t be watching it either, as the race is exclusively live to Sky TV Protester As a Bahraini pro-democracy protester… I will do my best to stop this race…. You are welcome to come in Bahrain at anytime… but not while people are still being killed and tortured in the street just for Demanding their rights… The regime is blocking the Pearl Roundabout just to prevent people from protesting there… The economy of our country is important to us.. but the economy of The regime should be destroyed… they deserve that after all the massacres they have done -and still doing. Stewy33 @ Protester Sorry the United States 5th Fleet can’t help you guys, I am guessing they’re under strict orders not to intervene even though their Naval Base is only a few miles away. The politics of this is sickening and that base is too strategic to lose as Iran continues their B.S. Feel free to correct me if I am wrong, I am using a lot of good credible resources to assume this. Bec @Protester Did you try and stop any other sporting events in Bahrain? And will you try and stop Bahrain taking part in the Olympics later in the year? Or is it a case of discrimination against F1, and not treating all sporting activities equally, fairly and justly? sennauno @Bec Are you a citizen of Bahrain? I guess not as if you were, you’d want Bernie to have his Grand Prix even and party somewhere else. Decisions & discussions of wether Bahrain will go to the olympics or veto other sporting events will be dealt with via the appropriate people of Bahrain, we’re talking about Formula 1 and the immorality of having a race in a country in the middle of political unrest Dont worry mate looks as if your race will go ahead so when watching the race make sure you think of the effects on the people of Bahra….I mean just make yourself a margarita, sit back on your couch and hec, enjoy the race! Anthony I like how sennauno is preaching from the moral high ground. Didn’t you refer to MSC as a Nazi not too long ago? Anyways, I’m not too excited about this race. I don’t think they should go there but, it’s a private business and they can do what they want. sennauno @Anthony whats Schumacher being a Nzi got to do with the price of fish in china? oranges & apples mate Bec @sennauno I just believe that the protesters should show equality to all sports taking place in Bahrain, or being participated in by Bahrain. That’s what people interested in democracy would do, if they truly believed in equality that is. sennauno @bec your beliefs on what the protesters should or should not be doing are all based on the interest to watch a Formula 1 race my beliefs can fall under the following: for a country to host a Formula 1 race it must have a stable democracy in place – full stop -simple. No if’s, no buts, no ‘but what about other sports’ ‘ but what… nothing….democracy first. Sadly its a case of money first Anthony Sennauno, your personal character is questionable. It’s not an apples and oranges comparison. I will challenge you when you are being rude to Bec since he’s one of the only legitimate posters on here. What about America’s questionable human rights history? They are currently holding people indefinitely in a legal gray area. What about the spying on the communications of citizens through the NSA? Or being molested in order to go on an airplane? Or the executing of an American citizen and his son without due process? The world isn’t sunshine and lollipops. sennauno @anthony We’re not discussing my character. We’re not discussing yours either. I dont really undertand your point…youve opened up a proverbial can of worms…thats all…..is it that it is not possible to draw a line anywhere? you dont think USA is suitable for Grand Prix either? You saying Formula 1 in its entirety should be cancelled? Please be objective and think for more than 2 seconds before you type a reply…dont think cancelling the Bahrain GP will solve all the worlds problems sunshine raul @sennauno Like the democracy in China and democracy in the UAE? sennauno @raul Is that where you’d draw the line? If China & UAE was in the civil unrest Bahrain is experiencing, dont you think theyd be in the same basket? Last time i checked China & UAE were not at a political cross roads….do you understand the difference? stewy33 @ Bec I see your stand point, but the people of Bahrain will get alot more exposeure on a world wide event like an F1 race compared to a cricket match. Protester @Bec just to let you know…. I have been watching F1 since 2008 and its my favorite sport… so I dont have anything against the sport itself… F1 is the BIGGEST sport that Bahrain Ever had…. Few weeks ago there was an air show here… Do you know what we did? we burned tires and covered the sky with black smoke.. this operation was called: “Sky Grief” … the media didnt care about the air show… all their attention was on the black sky!! People here are creating peaceful – but effective – ideas to fight this regime. And hopefully it will work. My cousins are arrested and have been tortured in police Jeebs… our villages gets teargassed every night for no reason! But… If you want to come to Bahrain to race… you should expect more protests… we will try to reach the Pearl Roundabout and we will even protest near the circuit it self!! so dont forget to bring some teargas-proof masks! P.S I have Dozens of Videos and Pictures to prove all what i’ve said above… let me know if you think im lying F1 Follower 1991 Its for that reason alone below why F1 should not return to Bahrain at all until all this mess has been resolved or the regime overturned, otherwise we could have another Libya on our hands!