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Formula 1 stars begin to arrive ahead of this weekend’s F1 Bahrain GP 2019 at BIC
Some of the biggest stars in all of motorsport have begun arriving in the Kingdom of Bahrain for this weekend’s Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2019.
Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) hosts the racing and entertainment spectacle from Thursday to Sunday (March 28 to 31) in Sakhir. It will mark the second round of the 2019 FIA Formula 1 World Championship and race no. 999 in the history of the top flight. It is also the 15th edition of the event and the sixth time it is taking place under BiC’s state-of-the-art floodlights as a night race.
Amongst the Formula 1 stars who have already touched down are McLaren’s British rookie Lando Norris, who has
had some success at BIC in the past while competing in Formula 2, and Formula 1 returnee Robert Kubica of Poland, who had captured pole position in the 2008 edition of the Bahrain race.
Scores of officials from the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), Formula 1, Formula 2 and other participating entities have also begun arriving in Bahrain.
They were all received at Bahrain International Airport by BIC’s Meet and Greet staff, who assisted the country’s guests in their arrival formalities, including arranging their transportation to their respective residences while on the island.
More drivers plus championship and team personnel are scheduled to continue arriving Wednesday.
Meanwhile, set-up work across the desert circuit continues to pick up. They are set to be completed before Thursday when BIC opens its doors and begins welcoming fans to the event.
Excitement has reached fever pitch for the start of racing at the Grand Prix weekend.
Norris is one of those greatly looking forward to the action, as he hopes to repeat his success in Bahrain from past years.
“Bahrain is a track with good memories for me after my pole and win there in Formula 2 last year, and I’m excited to race under the lights for the first time!” said 19-year-old Norris.
The 34-year-old Kubica, who is a veteran of four Bahrain Grands Prix, commented: “I have good memories of
Bahrain as I got my first and only pole position there in 2008 so I am looking forward to it. It can get very hot, so tyres will be an important topic to understand and how to best cope with them so let’s see how we go.”
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, a fan favourite in Bahrain, is also all set to get racing, especially as he hopes to bounce back from his disappointing DNF in Australia nearly a fortnight ago in the season-opener.
“I’ve had a bit of rest and recovery between these two race weekends, so I head to Bahrain feeling recharged,” said Ricciardo. “It’s a circuit I’ve always enjoyed racing at. There are some decent overtaking spots on a lap, and it will be interesting to see if there’s any difference in cars following each other there especially down the main straight.
“Hopefully we can be in amongst it this weekend, but first we need to ensure we’re quick in qualifying and be at the top end of the midfield.”
Also looking to improve on their results in Melboune are Ferrari, and Team Principal Mattia Binotto is confident they can do so. He commented: “In Bahrain, as a team, we will have to ensure that we have understood and rectified the areas where we were weak in Australia, which therefore meant we were unable to fully exploit our car’s potential. In Bahrain, we expect to see the effect of the corrections we have made, although we are well aware that our competitors will once again be very strong.”
Tickets to the Bahrain Grand Prix are selling fast, so those interested in attending the region’s biggest sporting and social event are advised to pick theirs up at the soonest.
The weekend is set to be open to the public over four days for the first time. Tickets for seating to the Main Grandstand are BD150 apiece. A Batelco Grandstand ticket for all four days originally costs BD120, but there are also two other options for Batelco Grandstand seats. For a ticket to Saturday and Sunday only, the cost is BD100, while for Friday only it is BD60.
A four-day ticket to the Turn One Grandstand is BD100 before any discount; whereas University and Victory Grandstand tickets are originally BD60 apiece.
It is worth noting that BIC is covering the Value Added Tax (VAT) on all Bahrain Grand Prix ticket prices, saving fans from any additional expense to attend the Formula 1 spectacle. The prices continue to be amongst the most competitive for any event on the Formula 1 calendar.