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F1 2022

Popular F1 venue secures huge contract extension

Another event on the F1 calendar has signed a deal to remain a regular fixture on the schedule for 14 years.

Bahrain Start
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Formula 1 have extended their contract with the Bahrain Grand Prix, meaning the event will remain on the calendar until 2036.

The Bahrain International Circuit first hosted an F1 race in 2004, and since then has been a regular fixture on the schedule.

It has also frequently occupied the opening slot of the season, and will do so again for the 2022 campaign.

Bahrain becomes the latest event on the calendar to renew its contract with F1.

It was recently announced that the Singapore Grand Prix had secured its future until 2028, and other venues such as Austin and Monaco are thought to be in negotiations for a renewal.

Future-proofing the Bahrain International Circuit

Facilities at the Bahrain circuit, which was built almost 20 years ago ahead of the maiden race in 2004, have been invested in by promoters.

To this end, the promoter has announced significant actions to improve the environmental sustainability of the event.

All energy used during the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix will come from sustainable sources, with plans to reduce the venue's carbon footprint and reduce overall energy costs.

"I am delighted we will be racing at the Bahrain International Circuit until 2036 where more incredible racing and excitement will be on show to thrill our fans," said F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali of the long-term deal.

"Since 2004, we have had some fantastic races in Sakhir and we cannot 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 welcome Formula 1 and it has a very special place in our sport, and I personally want to thank HRH Prince Salman and his team for their dedication and hard work throughout our partnership and look forward to the many years of racing ahead of us."

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