Ecclestone praises Bahrain’s F1 track on first visit to the venture

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, has warmly praised the Bahrain International Circuit after paying his first visit to the new venue.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  January 13, 2004

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One, has warmly praised the Bahrain International Circuit after paying his first visit to the new venue. Ecclestone’s comments were seen as an important vote of confidence in Bahrain after European press reports questioned whether the track would be completed in time for the 4th of April race. The Formula One supremo made a three day visit to the island kingdom last month, receiving a tour of the track and a detailed briefing on preparations for the inaugural Grand Prix of Bahrain. The track for the circuit has been laid, but other construction work at the site is still on going. However, Ecclestone praised what had been achieved. “It’s super, Bahrain International Circuit will be one of the best in the world,” he said. “The standard is so high it’s raised the bar so much. I’m very impressed and I’m very happy with it.” Ecclestone is the latest in a line of Formula One notables to have visited Bahrain, following the likes of BAR team principal, David Richards and driver, Jenson Button, ex-driver, Jean Alesi and Charlie Whiting, the FIA’s safety delegate, race director and official starter. Williams’ Ralf Schumacher was the first driver who will race in Bahrain to visit the track, and he also warmly praised the job that had been done. “It’s the best, most modern [track], I have seen,” the German driver told Reuters. “It is complete. They are doing an amazing job.” Numerous logistics managers from F1 teams, including Ferrari, have also visited to assist with preparations for the race, which will be the third of the 2004 season.

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