Tue, 18 January 2022
Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) has unveiled details of the 2022 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, a once in a generation event for fans. An incredible line-up of attractions both on and off the track was announced for the race weekend taking place from March 18-20 in Sakhir as the first race of the F1 season.
The launch of the 18th edition of the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix took place at a special press conference held at BIC’s Media Centre, which included the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car with a special Bahrain livery.
Addressing the media and guests were BIC Commercial Director Sherif Al Mahdy and Gulf Air Marketing Director Mohamed Jamsheer, in the presence of Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit and Gulf Air's Acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Waleed Al Alawi.
These included the announcement of Grammy Award-winning DJ and producer Afrojack as the first megastar concert act of the weekend.
Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit, said: “Our 2022 race is a landmark moment for the sport. Fittingly being held under our slogan ‘A New Era’, the race will usher in the next chapter of F1 following perhaps the biggest revolution of rules in the history of the sport.
“The new season follows the epic championship battle we witnessed last season, with the whole world still talking about F1. In addition to the excitement on track, we have put together a mix of incredible concerts and entertainment, suitable for fans of all ages.
“Together with our partners at Gulf Air and all of Team Bahrain we are honoured and proud to be the hosts of such a landmark event. We urge fans across the world to get booking their tickets as soon as possible.”
Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and DJ Afrojack is set to put on a spectacular concert over the Grand Prix weekend. Afrojack is one of the world’s most innovative and sought-after artists. He continues to shatter boundaries that push music into bold new directions. The Dutch-born genre-bending musician has co-created major hits for such artists as Beyoncé, Pitbull, will.i.am and David Guetta.
He was named one of the 50 Most Important People in Electronic Dance Music (EDM) by Rolling Stone magazine, and was placed on the Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list, while also becoming only the second DJ ever to cement his place into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He continues to make new records and hit new heights, and consistently appears in the Top 10 lists of the top DJs worldwide.
Afrojack is the first internationally renowned artist to be announced for this year’s F1 weekend at BIC and will be lighting up the stage at the F1 Village vending area on the Friday evening. All Bahrain Grand Prix ticket-holders will be able to attend the concerts at no extra cost. Further updates on concert entertainment will be announced soon.
There will be plenty of other racing action this Bahrain Grand Prix with the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the FIA Formula 3 Championship and the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East all supporting F1.
F2 and F3 will be holding their season-opening rounds in Bahrain featuring many of motor racing’s stars of the future. Meanwhile, the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East will be holding the final round of its 2021/2022 season in Bahrain, with the series’ newest champion set to be crowned in front of a global audience.
Always a big part of any major racing event at BIC is the off-track entertainment, and this will be no different with a fantastic array of attractions for the whole family.
Fans will be able to step onto the 42-metre-high Ferris Wheel and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Sakhir area or feel the adrenaline rush by fastening their seat belts in the carousel-like Ghost Rider speed ride.
Amongst the other attractions at BIC over the race weekend are stage acts and roaming performers, such as renowned street performer Abraham Thill, a life-sized Toy Brigade, Funky Style Band from Italy, Jam Batucada musical show from Spain and plenty of other kids’ entertainment.
The BIC has also announced that Bahrain will be hosting F1 pre-season testing from March 10-12 – just a week before the start of the new championship.
The tests will be a crucial opportunity for F1’s teams and drivers to evaluate the performance of their new cars ahead of the new season and will be open to spectators, giving F1 lovers an early preview of the 2022 cars.
Tickets can be bought online at BIC’s official website www.bahraingp.com, by calling the BIC Hotline on 17450000.
For further information on the Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix 2022 visit bahraingp.com or call the BIC Hotline.