The Bahrain Grand Prix will remain on the Formula 1 calendar until 2036

Formula 1 has announced that the Bahrain Grand Prix will remain on the calendar until 2036.

The contract extension is the longest in F1 owners Liberty Media’s five-year reign.

The Sakhir circuit joined the program in 2004 under the reign of Bernie Ecclestone, becoming the first F1 race in the Middle East.

The race was canceled in 2011 due to civil unrest in the country, but has been a fixture on the calendar ever since.

For the second consecutive season, Bahrain will host the first race of a record-breaking 23-round campaign, with Max Verstappen opening his championship defense in the Gulf Kingdom on March 20.

“I am delighted that we will be racing at the Bahrain International Circuit until 2036, when even more incredible racing and excitement will be on the way to delight our fans,” said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali.

“Since 2004 we’ve had some fantastic races at Sakhir and we can’t wait to be back there for the start of the 2022 championship as we begin a new era for the sport.

“Bahrain was the first country in the Middle East to host Formula 1 and it holds a very special place in our sport, and I would personally like to thank HRH Prince Salman and his team for their dedication and hard work throughout. of our partnership and look forward to the many years of racing ahead of us.

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