Flamboyant Jordan Formula One team principal Eddie Jordan made a surprise visit to Bahrain to see for himself the progress at the Bahrain International Circuit. In just under three months time the brand new circuit in the desert to the south of ...
Flamboyant Jordan Formula One team principal Eddie Jordan made a surprise visit to Bahrain to see for himself the progress at the Bahrain International Circuit. In just under three months time the brand new circuit in the desert to the south of Manama will host the third round of the FIA Formula One World Championship - the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
Jordan's visit to the circuit was a timely reminder to everyone involved in the organisation of the Grand Prix that the Formula One World Championship starts in just two months time with the first race in Melbourne, Australia.
Work has been progressing on the circuit at a rapid rate and the engineers and construction workers are working around the clock in readiness for the completion deadline of March 7th . The circuit, which will be the most high tech example of Formula One design and engineering, is moving forward apace. Every day brings fresh changes to the various elements of construction and the circuit is fast taking on the shape of a facility that will be the benchmark for circuits of the future.
After a meeting with His Highness the Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Eddie Jordan was able to tour the new track and inspect the new Formula One pits, paddock, control tower, media centre and grandstands as well as viewing the impressive VIP tower that dominates the circuit skyline. For once the Irishman, who is never usually short of words, was speechless at the scale and stature of the new circuit.
"I am amazed, breathless actually. The circuit exceeds words, said Jordan before he flew back to London. "I was tremendously impressed with the work that everyone in Bahrain has done in building this magnificent circuit."
"Visiting a circuit under construction is always a special experience. Too often those of us involved in the sport do not appreciate the effort and time that is put into building new circuits", said Jordan, who has also visited the new circuit being built for the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. "The unique aspects of the track in Bahrain are its strong links to Arabian culture and tradition, aspects exuded by the buildings."
Work on the 5.410 kilometre (3.362 mile) track also continues apace and the construction team are now ready to lay the second of the three tarmac layers. On April 4th the world's top drivers will race for the honour of Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix winner in front of an expected crowd of 100,000 people over the three-day event.
Eddie Jordan, whose Jordan Formula One team has provided the launch pad for many great Grand Prix drivers including five times World Champion Michael Schumacher, was very impressed with the new circuit lay-out. "This track provides a number of challenging corners and super fast straights. It also, importantly, is going to provide drivers with overtaking opportunities and will, I am sure, provide the global television audience and spectators with a sensational race."
Many more changes will take place to the circuit during the coming weeks but for now the engineering and construction teams are confident that they are ahead of schedule with 89% of the project completed.