No doubts about Grand Prix, says Bahrain boss
23 April 2012 – Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix are confident that not cancelling this year’s race was the correct decision, amid numerous calls and protestor threats to call off the event over recent weeks. As Sebastian Vettel won for Red Bull, four teams have now celebrated victory at the Sakhir-based circuit.
“I would first of all like to congratulate Sebastian Vettel and the rest of the Red Bull team on an outstanding victory in the Formula 1 Grand Prix,” Zayed R. Alzayani, Chairman of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), said in a statement. “The excitement and quality of the racing is a fitting conclusion to another enthralling weekend of racing at Bahrain International Circuit.”
He went on to mention that 28,000 paying spectators attended the race, stressing that a survey last week suggested that 77 percent of Bahrainis were in support of it.
“In addition, there are very few countries that can claim that almost 10 percent of its population attends its Grand Prix. Given these facts, and the incredible atmosphere at the track, there can be no doubt in my mind of what Bahrain thinks about F1.”
Also this week, Bernie Ecclestone – head of Formula One Management (FOM) – has vowed that Bahrain will remain on the Formula 1 calendar ‘for many years’.