Ralf completes first lap of Bahrain

BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Ralf Schumacher today became the first Grand Prix pilot to complete a lap of the new Bahrain International Circuit. Accompanied by members of the Bahrain International Circuit committee, Ralf was given a tour of the ...

BMW WilliamsF1 Team driver Ralf Schumacher today became the first Grand Prix pilot to complete a lap of the new Bahrain International Circuit. Accompanied by members of the Bahrain International Circuit committee, Ralf was given a tour of the facilities at the new circuit and was able to experience the new track at first hand.

Commenting on his visit to the circuit Ralf said: "This was the first time I have been to a racetrack at this stage of construction and I found the experience extremely interesting. There is clearly a lot of work being done and I think the Bahrainis are building a very exciting track."

"From my drive around this circuit it is obvious that it will be fast, challenging and very demanding. It has a combination of slow and very fast corners with a very, very long straight. The most important thing in Formula One is overtaking and today I have seen three opportunities for that, so this will be great fun for us, the drivers but also for the fans to watch."

"My only concern is sand getting onto the track, but the circuit officials have promised to build a high grip surface to avoid such problems."

Before leaving Bahrain, Ralf held a press conference and then went on to join members of the local media and BMW Williams F1 team sponsors in a pit stop competition where teams competed against the clock, changing all four wheels on a Williams BMW FW24.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher
Teams Williams