Bahrain International Circuit, “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East”, launches today its official 42-day countdown to the highly anticipated 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix weekend.

The mega event will be the 12th edition of F1’s only desert race and it will mark the second round of the this year’s FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

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The countdown was officially launched today at a Press conference held at the BIC premises in Sakhir. Speaking at the event were BIC Commercial Director Sherif Al Mahdy and Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Ahmed Janahi.

2016 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain GP Press Conference
2016 F1 Gulf Air Bahrain GP Press Conference

BIC Commercial Director Sherif Al Mahdy commented:

“The 2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix is right around the corner, and it is our time to shine once again.

“All eyes will be on the Kingdom of Bahrain in just a few weeks, and we are extremely excited to be hosting yet another memorable weekend for all the fans who will be joining us here at BIC, as well as for the millions watching on live television around the world.

“Over the past two years, we enjoyed a pair of epic night races that were both thrilling from start to finish. That has inspired our slogan for this year’s Grand Prix, “On the Edge of Action”, and we look forward to even more thrills this year.

“We invite everyone to be a part of our race weekend on the 1st to 3rd of April, 2016.”

Gulf Air A/Chief Commercial Officer Ahmed Janahi added:

“Gulf Air has been the Title Sponsor of the FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX ever since it made history as the first Formula 1 Grand Prix to be held in the Middle East in 2004.

“In its twelfth year now, we are delighted to continue working alongside Bahrain International Circuit, as we serve the Kingdom of Bahrain, support its ongoing economic growth and strive to raise awareness of the many attractions Bahrain has to offer.

“As the Kingdom’s national carrier this is a key opportunity for us to facilitate travel to Bahrain and give visitors the chance to experience the trademark Arabian hospitality for which our airline is renowned. We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix: On the Edge of Action.”

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The 57-lap Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to flag off at 6pm on Sunday, April 3. Qualifying on Saturday, April 2, will start at the same time, while an hour-long Third Practice session will be held from 3pm to 4pm. On Friday, April 1, Practice One kicks off the weekend’s action from 2pm to 3.30pm, and then Practice Two will be held under floodlights from 6pm to 7.30pm.

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