Bahrain could be 18th race

The Formula One calendar could be increased to eighteen races per season when Bahrain joins the championship in 2004. It will be the first Middle East country to host a Grand Prix and although it was thought one of the European races would be...

The Formula One calendar could be increased to eighteen races per season when Bahrain joins the championship in 2004. It will be the first Middle East country to host a Grand Prix and although it was thought one of the European races would be axed, it's possible the calendar will be extended instead.

"I think there is a strong possibility that we will have eighteen races," said BAR team principal David Richards. "But it is early days yet, we will have to wait and see. Having a race in Bahrain means a new continent and that is one exciting aspect of it. But it is also becoming more apparent that exciting races happen on some of the newly-designed tracks."

Some teams would not be in favour of an extra race per year due to the increase in costs but some would prefer another GP and less testing. The new circuit will be designed by Hermann Tilke -- who designed the Sepang circuit in Malaysia -- and will be near the Bahrain capital of Manama.

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