With just a little over three weeks to go to the second Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on 1, 2 and 3 April the Bahrain International Circuit is working tirelessly towards bringing together the biggest sporting show in the Middle East this...
With just a little over three weeks to go to the second Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix on 1, 2 and 3 April the Bahrain International Circuit is working tirelessly towards bringing together the biggest sporting show in the Middle East this year.
Last year's event was a great success and the professional way in which the event was run led to the award by the FIA, the sport's governing body of its prestigious "Best Organised Grand Prix Trophy".
For this year, the BIC has developed a wide range of new entertainment activities which are designed to delight and captivate the thousands of race fans and families travelling to the Sakhir track.
BIC is pulling out all the stops in order to ensure that the diverse cross section of race fans - families and children, car enthusiasts and racers - are all catered for with a variety of activities designed to make the visit to the circuit one to remember for a very long time.
In addition the circuit authorities have vastly improved spectator access to Grandstands and the F1 Village with new walkways and shuttle bus services. New food and beverage outlets are being provided along with more water stations, better toilet facilities and ATM machines.
Among the plethora of entertainment initiatives are:
Children Under 15 - Half Price. Children under 15 are charged at half price, which adds to the appeal of having a family fun day out.
Giant TV Screens and BIC TV. Eight new giant screens will broadcast the race live within the circuit. The position of these screens has been completely changed since last year and now, for example, the circuit features 3 atop the pit lane in front of the Main Grandstand with others positioned strategically in front of the First Turn, University and Victory Grandstands.
The circuit's own broadcasters will fill the screens during non-F1 competition with a continuous programme called BIC TV. This circuit-run channel will take spectators behind the scenes, into the garages, the Formula One Paddock and team garages where interviews will be conducted with drivers, team owners, famous personalities, race engineers and all the other people who make up the rich tapestry of an F1 weekend. With BIC TV, spectators will not miss any of the action, indeed there will be non-stop coverage and it will add to the overall atmosphere of a great event.
BIC Radio. Every spectator will be given a miniature radio together with headsets which can be tuned directly to the circuit's radio station. The service will be offered in both Arabic and English and spectators will be able to follow the race commentary as well as all the other events going on in and around the track, particularly those on BIC TV via the giant screens.
F1 Driver Autograph and Photograph Session. For the first time at the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix race fans will get the chance to meet a selection of F1 drivers and get their autographs and photographs. This is a unique opportunity as the fastest drivers in the world, who rarely have the chance to meet their fans during a Grand Prix weekend, will be available at publicised times on the deck of the Dhow next to the Arabian Heritage Tent in the F1 Village. The chance to get up-close and personal with the drivers takes place on Friday and Saturday.
Mini Cooper Stunt Driving Display. Back by popular demand following the BMW WilliamsF1 launch in January will be Russ Swift and his show of stunt driving tricks and car acrobatics to delight everyone. Russ will be making Mini Magic on the Drag Strip in front of the Oasis Complex and on the giant screens on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Family Fun. Throughout the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend an area within the F1 Village and Vending Area will be devoted to a Fun & Games park for all the family. There will be a variety of staged shows, in Arabic and English, climbing wall, bouncy castles, face painting, henna drawing, Arabic and English DJs, stilt walkers, "Big Face" F1 drivers mingling with the crowd and much more to make this a memorable family day out.
Hot Air Balloon. A tethered hot air balloon will give those with an adventurous spirit the opportunity to get a bird's eye view of the circuit as it rises above the F1 Village.
Fireworks. Thursday night is Fireworks Night at BIC. As part of the show as the Kingdom of Bahrain comes alive for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, the circuit will be alight with a firework display welcoming everyone to the race. There is nothing like a good firework display to get everybody enthused and no better way to kick off the festivities.
Laser Show. As evening draws in at the end of Thursday the Formula One teams, personnel, media, organisers and the like will be invited to an official Welcome Party at the circuit. The short event will be hosted by HE Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of the General Office of Youth & Sport (GOYS).
Together with Bernie Ecclestone, President of Formula One Management, Shaikh Fawaz will turn on a spectacular display of lasers that will criss-cross the circuit for the duration of the weekend adding to the overall image of the circuit and creating a media spectacle not seen at any other Formula One venue.