Bahrain keen to host the opening grand prix of the 2011 Formula 1 season once again

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Bahrain keen to host the opening grand prix of the 2011 Formula 1 season once again

Formula 1 introduced a Bahrain Grand Prix to the calendar in 2004. Michael Schumacher was the first driver to ever win the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix. After his success the track got great recognition and became a part of the sport on a yearly basis.
In 2010, the track hosted the opening grand prix of the season which was quite a different and refreshing experience because of the fact that Australia has been hosting the opening race since 1996 (for more than 13 very monotonous years).
The race went pretty well and viewers enjoyed the idea of opening the Formula 1 season in Asia and ending it at an Asian venue as well. It was revealed according to the official Formula 1 calendar for the 2011 Formula 1 season that Bahrain would once again
host the opening grand prix this year.
The organizers of the venue are very keen to hold the opening race of the season and it seems that this is going to be the third time that the Bahrain grand prix opens a Formula 1 season. The first time Bahrain hosted the opening race was back in 2006.
It seems that fans were quite exhilarated to hear about this and so was the chief executive Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa.
“It's very important to us and our sponsors to be the first race and it means people are talking about the race for three months instead of two weeks, which is what happens if we are the third. We have had fantastic races with great touches,” insisted the
circuit's chief executive Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa at the 2011 race's launch this week. "
Other than that, it seems that the FIA has introduced a couple of tracks in the past couple of years including the Korean Grand Prix that was introduced last year. It is expected that an Indian Grand Prix will be introduced this year but it has not been
confirmed yet by the FIA. Nevertheless, the Bahrain Grand Prix will be an exhilarating start to the 2011 Formula 1 season.
“We're very proud that we have the opening round. We worked very hard to secure the first race with Formula One Management. It is a challenge and I'd like to thank the support of the F1 management and Bernie Ecclestone,” Shaikh added.



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