Bahrain International Circuit names Turn 1 after Schumacher

Michael Schumacher winner of the inaugural Bahrain GP in 2004

Michael Schumacher winner of the inaugural Bahrain GP in 2004

Seven time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher, still in a coma in a French hospital after a skiing accident in late December, is to have the first corner of Bahrain’s Formula 1 circuit named after him.

The German won the inaugural Bahrain race in 2004 and also advised on the design of the circuit.

“From his first appearance in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognise him in this way,” Bahrain International Circuit Chairman Zayed al Zayani said in a statement on Sunday.

Schumacher’s representative Sabine Kehm said that his family welcomed the move.

“I am convinced that Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him,” she added.

View of Turn 1 in Bahrain at the start of the 2013 race

View of Turn 1 in Bahrain at the start of the 2013 race

Schumacher also has a corner named after him at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

The announcement was made on the last day of pre-season testing at the circuit, ahead of the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 16 March.

Bahrain hosts the third round of the championship on 6 April, with the race becoming an evening event under floodlights for the first time, as part of 10th anniversary celebrations.

Schumacher, 45, has undergone two operations since sustaining brain injuries after hitting his head on a rock while skiing with his family in the French Alpine resort of Meribel on Dec. 29.

Doctors at the hospital in Grenoble started waking him up progressively by lowering his sedation in early February but there have been no medical updates for some weeks. (Reuters)

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  • Tamburello1994

    Appropriate gesture as I’m sure MSC would appreciate it.

    Get well soon Michael.