All systems go for Bahrain Grand Prix
Manama, April 9, 2012
The Bahrain International Circuit is getting all geared up to host the 2012 Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix next week, being held as the fourth round of this year's FIA Formula One World Championship.
The highly-anticipated race weekend is scheduled to take place from April 20 to 22 at "The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East".
Over the past several weeks, BIC staff members have been hard at work taking care of all the necessary preparations ahead of the Formula One extravaganza.
One of the most important areas of work is the maintenance of all facilities, especially following the harsh weather conditions that have battered the Kingdom recently.
Maintenance has been going on daily at the iconic Sakhir Tower as well as at each of the circuit's 47 luxury suites, where many high-ranking VIPs will be hosted during the course of the Formula One weekend.
Also being readied are the circuit's various grandstands, which can accommodate up to 45,000 people in total on any single day. Approximately 10,500 fans can be seated at the Main Grandstand, which offers a perfect view of the start grid and chequered flag, the Formula One pit lane and the podium.
Maintenance has also been done on the Turn One Grandstand, the Batelco Grandstand, and the University and Victory grandstands.
Furthermore, work has been done at each of the team buildings along the BIC paddock, which can host up to 18 international racing squads. Each building is fully equipped with everything the team members will need, including a kitchen, bathroom and shower facilities.
Maintenance was also carried out at BIC's world-class Media Centre, which can host up to 500 journalists during an event. A total of 120 photographers can also be accommodated at the facility, while at the nearby TV and Radio Compound, more than 260 broadcasters from around the world can be housed.
Meanwhile, work out on the race track has been carried out as well, including the repainting of some of the run-off areas and the beautification of the desert landscape. Most importantly, complete safety checks on all tyre barriers and other parts of the track have also been conducted by BIC officials. Outside of the circuit, the public parking lot has also undergone extensive maintenance work. The lot can host 19,000 cars at a single time.
Some parts of the roads leading up to the circuit have been revamped in order to ensure the smooth flow of traffic to the upcoming mega event.
All this and plenty more is being done at BIC to ensure that it is fully ready to stage the biggest and most happening occasion in the region this year, which is now only 11 days away.
All three-day ticket holders will also be able to enjoy an additional activity with their pass. On the Thursday afternoon of the Grand Prix weekend, they will be able to get an up-close look at the Formula One teams in their garages in an exclusive Pit Lane Walk. This activity will be held between 3pm and 5pm on the day. – TradeArabia News Service