SEPTEMBER 14, 2002
Bahrain confirms race in 2004
The Crown Prince of Bahrain was at Monza to announce the signing of a contract for Formula 1 to visit the Middle Eastern kingdom from 2004 and onwards. Work will begin immediately on the construction of a Formula 1 circuit at Al-Jazair and it is anticipated that the event will take its place at the end of the F1 calendar. This will be the perfect location for World Championship showdowns as it is only a couple of hours ahead of Central European Time and also good for the F1 markets in Asia.
It remains to be seen which race will be dropped from the calendar to make room for Bahrain but it is anticipated that it will either be Austria or San Marino.
An announcement is expected shortly from the Shanghai city authorities about their plans for a Chinese GP in 2004.