Bahrain International Circuit is proud to announce more details on the launch of the BMW WilliamsF1 Team in early January.

The Anglo-German team will present its new driver line-up as well as its new livery for the 2005 FIA F1 World Championship at the Bahrain International Circuit, the home of Formula One in the Middle East region on January 6 and 7, 2005.

The Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir is the most technologically-advanced race track in the world and it is fitting that the BMW WilliamsF1 Team, one of Formula One's leading teams, has chosen this venue to inaugurate its 2005 Season.

Martin Whitaker, General Manager of the Bahrain International Circuit is delighted to welcome the BMW WilliamsF1 Team: "This is the first time ever a Formula One team has come to the Middle East to launch its driver line-up and livery and we are delighted that they have chosen Bahrain for such a prestigious event."

"Bahrain is now universally recognised as the home of motorsport in the Middle East and having the BMW WilliamsF1 Team with us for this event endorses the reputation that the circuit is building not just in Formula One but across the broad spectrum of motorsport and underlines the calibre of activities that we are now undertaking. We are very much looking forward to hosting the BMW WilliamsF1 Team launch in early January."

One of the reasons for choosing the Bahrain track as the launch venue is the circuit's ability to organise prestigious events of this nature, as well as its geographical location and its excellent climate in the month of January. The BMW WilliamsF1 launch adds to the circuit's increasing portfolio of motorsport events including the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the FIA GT Championship, the FIA European Drag Racing Championship and the Bahrain F3 SuperPrix.

Moreover, the circuit benefits from one of the most impressive settings of any race track in the world. The visual appeal of the landscape will meet the BMW WilliamsF1 Team's requirement to produce video material with an added dimension. This material will be syndicated and seen around the world.

"We were very impressed with the circuit in Bahrain last year," said Sir Frank Williams, BMW WilliamsF1 Team Principal. "The facilities are really first-class and provide the necessary confidence that all of the demands of staging an international event overseas will be met and surpassed. The Bahrain International Circuit provides not only the infrastructure, but also the know-how to do this and it is the primary rationale for launching the 2005 team line-up and livery here."