First corner at Sakhir named after Schumacher


As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, organisers at the Bahrain International Circuit have named the first corner in honour of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

The German, who remains in an induced coma following his skiing accident in December, not only won the inaugural race in 2004, one of his record 91 victories, he still holds the official lap record.

He also has strong connections with the BIC outside of his participation in racing and was directly involved in the early stages of the BIC's development, offering his own input into the design of the track, including the layout of turn one.

"With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honour arguably the greatest racing driver in the history of F1 and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts.," said Zayed Al Zayani, Chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit. "From his first appearance at the BIC in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognise him in this way."

"The team at the BIC continues to offer Michael and his family its best wishes," he added.

"Michael's family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture," said Sabine Kehm, speaking on behalf of the Schumacher family, "acknowledging Michael's achievements in Formula One and interest in the BIC circuit design.

"We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him."

Chris Balfe

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Published: 02/03/2014
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