Bahrain International Circuit confirms plan for floodlights to be used in 2014
Lighting system installed in time for tenth anniversary race
By Mike Wise. Last Updated: 29/11/13 1:36pm
Bahrain GP: Set to become a night race
Next year's Bahrain Grand Prix will take place under floodlights for the first time, it was reported on Friday.
The Bahrain International Circuit is trialling newly-installed floodlights at this weekend's round of the World Endurance Championship and the track's Chief Executive, Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa, has now confirmed that Formula 1 is set to follow suit on what will be the race's tenth anniversary.
"This is by far the biggest development project we have ever undertaken at the BIC since the circuit was first built," al-Khalifa was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"I believe that there can be no better way for us to mark our 10th anniversary in F1 by demonstrating our long term commitment to the sport through this significant investment."
A spokesman also confirmed that the Bahrain GP will start after sunset. At present, the Singapore GP is the only full night race on the calendar with the Abu Dhabi GP held during twilight hours.
The Bahrain GP has been scheduled to take place on 6th April 2014 in a draft calendar published by the FIA in September. The governing body is set to reveal its final calendar next week.
Sky Sports F1's Anthony Davidson is contesting this weekend's 6 Hours of Bahrain for Toyota and two days ago he tweeted a photo of the floodlights.