Bahrain’s motorsport officials have received high praise for the support they have provided local organisers at this year’s Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe, held Sunday in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Bahrain International Circuit Chief Executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa said that it makes him proud to see Bahraini marshals and race officials showcasing the best of Bahraini motorsport at new Formula One events around the world. Baku is not the first time Bahrain is assisting in the organisation of a new Grand Prix, and Shaikh Salman said that it is a reflection of the Bahrainis’ ability to successfully stage world-class international events.
Shaikh Salman added that Bahrain has come a long way from the very first time it hosted Formula One in 2004 to today, but each year there has always been a high level of success. This is illustrated by the many distinctions Bahrain has received over the years, including the Best Organised Grand Prix award in year one.
Formula One Group Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone shared Shaikh Salman’s sentiments. He said that Bahrain is known for the high level of efficiency and professionalism in the organisation and management of international motor racing events.
Ecclestone added that the Bahrainis’ selection for Baku was the right choice, as their assistance ensured the grand success of the city’s inaugural Formula One event.
Formula One Race Director Charlie Whiting also had some positive feedback on the Bahraini officials’ work. Speaking after a marshals’ briefing, Whiting was quoted as saying: “They are doing a really good job, very pleased with how things are going.”
A total of 250 officials from Bahrain, including 160 marshals, assisted over the weekend in Baku. The Bahraini marshals mentored their local counterparts and took up the key positions during the three days of racing.
Also amongst the Bahraini delegation in Baku were Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) President and Commission Internationale de Karting President Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa and BIC Chairman of the Board Aref Rahimi.
The 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe marked the eighth round of this year’s FIA Formula One World Championship. The race was being held for the first time since 2012, but it was also the first time in Baku, which is a street circuit.