Tag Archive: Sakhir

Jun 09

F1 to scrap pre-season Bahrain test

Formula one will scrap plans to return to Bahrain for pre-season testing next winter.

2014-03-02 - Lotus F1 Team Bahrain 1 This year, to guarantee good weather for all-important running of the radically-new cars and engines, the teams headed to Bahrain’s Sakhir track for eight days of running ahead of the season opener in Australia. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 02

Security plans in place for Bahrain GP

Bahrain is planning tight security for this weekend’s formula one race.

2014-03-02 - Lotus F1 Team Bahrain 2 “The plans will be implemented based on our studies and the experience gained during the events of previous years,” said the Sakhir circuit’s head of security, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 20

Rio Haryanto quickest on Day 2

Indonesian driver sets fastest laptime at Bahrain International Circuit

GP2 - Caterham EQ8 - Rio Haryanto The second day of testing at Bahrain International Circuit opened this morning under overcast skies and in cooler temperatures.

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Mar 19

Alexander Rossi leads the way in Sakhir

American driver quickest in Day 1 at Bahrain International Circuit

GP2, EQ8 Caterham Racing, Alexander Rossi The final GP2 Series pre-season test session opened today at Bahrain International Circuit on a dirty track. There was one change in the drivers’ entry list compared to last week as Vittorio Ghirelli joined Trident in car 22.

Oct 10

Bahrain could host F1 night testing – report

The Sakhir circuit will host back-to-back tests

2012-04-22 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Bahrain Grand Prix - 01Some winter testing in Bahrain ahead of the 2014 season could take place at night, Italy’s Autosprint reports. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 22

Alonso would have challenged Vettel – Barrichello

The Spaniard’s charge, however, was thwarted by a failing DRS rear wing flap

Fernando Alonso Bahrein 2013 - photo © Jad Sherif - WRI2 Fernando Alonso would have fought for victory in Bahrain, according to veteran former driver Rubens Barrichello. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

Visiting Berger backs F1 in Bahrain

“I also came a couple of months ago and went all around the city”

00801full328Gerhard Berger has backed Bahrain’s grand prix, blaming the media for overstating the island Kingdom’s problems. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18

Formula One teams Bahrain Grand Prix preview (updated)

Bahrain Grand Prix Formula One preview

Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir.

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Dec 19

GP2 Series™ 2013 season calendar unveiled

Eleven rounds make 2013 season. Abu Dhabi hosts final round

GP2 SeriesGP2 SeriesThe GP2 Series™ organisers have revealed their 2013 calendar today which will consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the official Formula OneTM World Championship. Seven rounds will be held in Europe whilst four overseas events have been added, making it once again an international Series.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18

FIA ‘nervous’ about F1’s return to Bahrain – report

The FIA is “nervous” ahead of formula one’s still-controversial return to Bahrain in 2013.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitAfter the 2011 race was cancelled due to civil unrest in the island Kingdom, the sport’s return to Sakhir this year was hugely controversial. And “top-level figures” at the sport’s Paris-based governing body “are already nervous” that the 2013 edition – scheduled for next late April – will be “another horrifying embarrassment”, according to Times correspondent Kevin Eason. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 25

Ecclestone unhappy with Bahrain’s ‘UniF1ied’ slogan

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he was not happy Bahrain organisers used the acronym ‘F1′ in its political slogan for last weekend’s race.

Bahrain International Circuit2011-06-09_0303The F1 chief executive was highly supportive of the island Kingdom’s intensely controversial return to the sport’s calendar, insisting Bahrain will retain its grand prix “forever”. But when asked about the banners around the Sakhir circuit and the island Kingdom that read ‘UniF1ed’, 81-year-old Ecclestone admitted to the Mirror: “We never put it there. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 21

Bird hits Rosberg’s helmet in Bahrain practice

Nico Rosberg escaped unscathed but the bird was not so lucky, after a 200kph collision in Bahrain during Friday practice.

2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 112012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 09Bild newspaper reports that the Shanghai winner, and Friday afternoon’s fastest in the island Kingdom, came to blows with a wayward feathered-friend as Rosberg’s Mercedes circulated the Sakhir circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

All about tyres in Bahrain heat – Rosberg

Bahrain 2012 is all about tyres, said Shanghai winner Nico Rosberg on Friday.

Bahrain2012-04-15 - Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Rosberg 10More specifically, Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport revealed that the key to victory this weekend will be the management of Pirelli’s rear tyres in the hot Sakhir desert. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 20

Force India to limit running for anxious staff

Fearful Force India could skip second practice in Bahrain
Force India, Ecclestone, deny Bahrain GP boycott

2012-04-15 - Sahara Force India F1 Team - Chinese Grand Prix - Nico Hulkenberg - Paul di RestaDeputy team boss Bob Fernley confirmed to Reuters that Nico Hulkenberg and Paul di Resta will therefore run limited second practice programmes, and may skip the session altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 19

Bahrain F1 chief plays down Force India incident

Bahrain’s grand prix chief on Thursday played down the incident that caused a member of the Force India team to pull out of the event.

Bahrain International CircuitBahreïn 2012-04-08The team member was granted permission by Force India chiefs to head back to the UK, after a rented van carrying his colleagues was caught up in a Molotov cocktail attack on the return trip from the circuit late on Wednesday. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18

Journalist sees more police on first day in Bahrain

A travelling F1 journalist believes this weekend’s controversial Bahrain grand prix could go ahead without problems.

Bahrain International CircuitAhead of the island Kingdom’s highly-contentious return to the F1 calendar this weekend after a two-year absence due to civil unrest, some of the sport’s correspondents have this week been reporting from the scene of often violent protests. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 16

After so much talk about F1’s controversial return to Bahrain, the sport’s travelling circus has now begun to arrive in the island Kingdom.

F1 touches down in Bahrain for controversial race

Bahrain International CircuitAlready during Sunday’s Chinese grand prix in Shanghai, some members of the teams as well as tyre supplier Pirelli were across the world busily setting up at Sakhir, upon which the eyes of the world will descend this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

‘Everybody or nobody’ to race in Bahrain

‘No reason’ to axe Bahrain – FIA

Bahrain International CircuitFlagworld - FIAThe vast majority of the 12 F1 teams have declined to comment on the sport’s deepening Bahrain crisis. With uncertainty surrounding the staging of next week’s race at Sakhir by the controversial Bahraini government, CNN contacted every one of the competing teams. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

FIA rejects latest Bahrain axe rumours

The FIA has dismissed the latest rumours about next month’s Bahrain grand prix.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitSome publications this week said F1’s governing body was in the process of drafting a statement announcing that the Sakhir race has been cancelled due to security concerns. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 22

UN expert backs Bahrain’s 2012 return

Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, a United Nations war crimes expert, thinks Bahrain is ready to host formula one again.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 02Last year, the Egyptian led the high-profile independent investigation that found the Bahrain authorities were heavy-handed in reaction to the civil unrest. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

Bahrain should stay on 2012 calendar – Hill

Damon Hill has backed Bahrain as the island Kingdom returns to the F1 calendar this year.

Bahrain International CircuitDamon HillAfter last year’s race was cancelled, the 1996 world champion travelled to Bahrain with FIA president Jean Todt and afterwards said he supports the decision to give the Sakhir circuit its April 22 date for 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 20

Bahrain disappointed to lose season open date

Organisers of the Bahrain grand prix have admitted disappointment with being bumped from the head of the 2012 calendar.

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 04Following the cancellation of its 2011 race and test over the civil unrest early last year, Bahrain was provisionally scheduled to return to F1 by opening this season’s championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 25

F1 return unlikely as US issues Bahrain alert

Bahrain’s formula one return in April is now looking unlikely.

Bahrain International Circuit2010-03-14 - Mercedes GP - Michael Schumacher 04Amid reports the situation inside the troubled island Kingdom is still not stable, the Sakhir circuit’s boss Zayed al-Zayeni last week insisted Bahrain and the world “has to move on”.

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Jan 19

F1 ready to return to Bahrain – Hill

Damon Hill thinks F1 is ready to return to Bahrain this season.

Damon HillBahrain International CircuitWith the island Kingdom in turmoil last year, the 1996 world champion urged the sport to cancel the 2011 race.

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Jan 12

FIA should decide on Bahrain’s F1 return – teams

F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has suggested the event will only be cancelled again in extreme circumstances.

Flagworld - FIABahrain International CircuitF1’s governing body will decide if it is right for the sport to return to Bahrain in April, the bosses of top teams Red Bull and Ferrari said this week. Amid reports of continuing unrest in the island Kingdom and claims F1 should boycott the event also on moral grounds, the Sakhir circuit on Wednesday was pushing ahead with preparations for Bahrain’s return in 2012.

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Jan 05

More unrest in 2012 F1 host Bahrain

More civil unrest in Bahrain will intensify speculation the island Kingdom’s return to the F1 calendar early this year will be called off.

Bahrain International Circuit 2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - Toyota - 02Last year’s pre-season test and also the grand prix at the same Sakhir circuit were cancelled due to a political uprising, in which the government was later found to have used excessive force against its people.

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Jun 23

Bahrain sets sights on successful F1 return

“We are even thinking of expanding and building more grandstands” – Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa

Bahrain International Circuit2009-04-26 - Bahrain GP - RedBull - Mark Webber 04Bahrain has turned its attention to hosting a highly successful return to the formula one calendar early next season. After civil strife in the island Kingdom led to the postponement of its March 13 opener this year, F1 ultimately decided to skip Bahrain altogether in 2011 but has scheduled next year’s first race of the calendar at the Sakhir circuit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 16

FIA confirms 2011 Bahrain axe

Bahrain will however be involved with the 30 October race this year

2011-06-09_0006Bahrain International CircuitThe 2011 Bahrain grand prix saga came to a conclusion on Wednesday when the FIA confirmed Sakhir will not host a race later this season. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25

Bahrain sacked F1 staff amid protester crackdown

The deadline for the rescheduling of the 2011 race is June 3.

Bahrain International CircuitOrganisers of the Bahrain grand prix must boost their staff numbers if the race is to be rescheduled in 2011. The Financial Times reports that, as the troubled island Kingdom’s government cracked down on protesters recently, about a quarter of the Bahrain International Circuit’s staff was arrested, suspended or sacked. Read the rest of this entry »

May 22

Brawn puts brakes on 2011 calendar extension

With Bernie Ecclestone admitting India could be delayed until early December

2011-04-16- Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team - China - Ross Brawn 01Flagworld - F1Ross Brawn has added his voice to the general feeling in the paddock this weekend that F1 should think hard about rescheduling the Bahrain grand prix in 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

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