Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2024

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BIC is set to celebrate its 20th anniversary next year, as the opening round of the 2024 season and its first-ever Saturday night race at the Home of Motorsport in the Middle East on 29 February to 2 March 2024.

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Due to exceptional demand, we have continued to expand our hospitality offerings. This year, we are delighted to offer The Dome Lounge by F1 Experiences, as well as The Champions Club, both tailor-made in response to the massive interest in hospitality options for the grand prix. In addition, the ultimate in world-class hospitality is available in The Paddock Cub Please note that Corporate boxes for 2024 are now sold out.

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MRF Challenge set for exciting second round supporting WEC at BIC

Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) is all set to host one of Asia’s premier single-seater racing series as part of the support programme for this upcoming weekend’s FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain.

The India-based MRF Challenge will be staging the second of three rounds in its 2019/2020 season at “The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East” on December 13 and 14.

The MRF Challenge is India’s only FIA-inscribed championship, conveniently slotted in the winter months. Over the past seven seasons, the MRF Challenge has proven to be a great platform for racing aspirants looking to not just keep themselves in competitive trim during the European off-season, but also bolster their racing credentials.

The event in Bahrain follows the first meeting of Season Eight, which took place last month in the UAE. Five races were held at Dubai Autodrome with nearly a dozen drivers taking part.



Belgian youngster Michelangelo Amendola won a triple crown after clinching the first, second and fifth sprints. Australian Dylan Young won race three, while race four was claimed by Indian-American Yuven Sundaramoorthy.

Another four races will be held in Bahrain this weekend, while the final round of the season will take place in Chennai, India from February 13 to 16.

Heading into the events in Bahrain, Arun Mammen, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of MRF Tyres, commented: “It has been an exciting journey for us as we present the eighth edition of the MRF Challenge. We provide identical cars to all the drivers and so, the key differentiating factor is the driving ability.

“It has also been our constant endeavour to develop the car which is now among the fastest single-seaters in Asia. The MRF Challenge also offers us rich data that in turn helps us to develop further the MRF Z.L.O. slicks and wet tyres.”



Over the years, the MRF Challenge has featured quite a few high-profile racers like Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time Formula 1 champion Michael Schumacher; Harrison Newey, son of Formula 1 design guru Adrian Newey; Manuel Maldonado, cousin of former Formula 1 driver Pastor Maldonado; female Formula 1 test driver with Alfa Romeo Racing Tatiana Calderon; and last season’s champion Jamie Chadwick, who is also the first-ever champion of the W Series and the first-ever lady driver to win an international race at Bahrain International Circuit.

Chadwick echoed the sentiments of other competitors. She said: “The MRF Challenge really fast-tracked my progress at a vital time of the year. The series served as a fantastic head-start for me into 2019.”

The FIA WEC Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain will be taking place alongside the BIC National Day Festival, which will be running from December 13 to 16. The Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain will mark the fourth of eight rounds in the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).

The MRF Challenge is one of two support series during WEC weekend. The other is the BIC-based Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East.

Tickets are just BD1 per person per day and can be purchased at the gate, online at BIC’s official website, by calling the BIC Hotline on +973-17450000 or at the BIC stand at City Centre Bahrain.