Bahrain to host pre-season tests and twilight race in 2014 3 October, 2013 Bahrain will be busy with F1 in 2014 Next year’s Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix will enter the twilight zone with the race set to start in the evening sunshine and end under floodlights after nightfall. The Island kingdom will also host two pre-season tests, according to McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh. Whitmarsh, whose British-based team is half owned by Bahrain’s Mumtalakat sovereign wealth fund, said he had seen plans for the April 6 race which has until now been held in the afternoon heat. “I think they are going to call it a twilight race,” he told Reuters at the Korean Grand Prix. “I’ve seen pictures of all the floodlights on it, so for their 10th anniversary they’ve got floodlights.” The other Middle Eastern race in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina circuit also goes from daylight to darkness while Singapore is currently the only round of the championship run entirely at night. The 2014 calendar, with an unprecedented 22 races, was published last year although three venues – New Jersey, South Korea and Mexico – were given as ‘provisional’. Bahrain, whose race has been beset by controversy in recent years due to civil unrest that led to its cancellation in 2011, is also set to host two pre-season tests to give teams guaranteed hot conditions. The kingdom’s Sakhir circuit had been vying with Abu Dhabi and Dubai for the tests. “The first test in mid-January is in Jerez and then two tests in Bahrain before the start of the season,” said Whitmarsh. “The best circuit for testing out there is Bahrain.” Subbed by AJN. Related NewsBahrain tests lighting for F1 night race to celebrate 10th anniversaryBahrain Practice 3: Alonso hottest in the scorching heatHRT: We passed another stern test in BahrainTodt plays down F1 protester death in BahrainBahrain protestors target grand prix cancellationFormula 1 to scrap Bahrain pre-season testFootage of Grosjean losing his cool in Lotus garageRenault’s Rob White gives a frank assessment of the three F1 pre-season testsBahrain Testing: The good, the bad and the ugly ahead of the Australian GPDomenicali: Mercedes and Williams are out in front, after them it could be us Douglas Grenfell Not a bad idea for both the mid eastern races to be held later in the day for the sake of the drivers and team personnel, also the spectators. Alos a good idea for the pre season test to be held at one or the other of the ME circuits as they are both Herman designs so relevant for the majority of circuits today.