-*  Record Paddock Club and Corporate Lounge sales. Paddock Club sales up 15% compared to last year

  •  33,000 Race Day attendance, same as 2017. Total attendance of 95,000 over race weekend [2017: 93,000]
  •  BIC supports Liberty’s broad vision of the future of F1, announced this weekend

Following the conclusion of the Formula 1 2018 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Arif Rahimi, Chairman of Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), said:

“I congratulate Sebastian Vettel and Scuderia Ferrari on a superb victory in yet another enthralling night race at BIC.

“The BIC continues to attract fans from across the region and beyond for our biggest event of the year, with 33,000 in attendance for today’s race. We have been particularly encouraged by the popularity of the Paddock Club, with sales up 15% this year.

“This weekend also saw Liberty announce its blueprint for the future of F1. We are hugely supportive of the aim to put the fan experience at the centre of the sport and we have already seen the first signs of that coming to fruition this weekend. In particular, we are proud that Bahrain was chosen as the venue for the global launch of Pirelli Hot Laps, which was an incredible experience for those lucky fans. We believe that this is just the start of a new and exciting era for F1, with the fans right at the forefront of the sport.

“I offer my sincerest gratitude to those who have contributed to the success of the weekend. In particular, I thank the participating teams across all the race series, the team here at the BIC, our colleagues at the FIA and Formula One Management, and of course the fans.”

Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of Bahrain International Circuit, added:

“I congratulate all those who have contributed to such a spectacular race weekend, with a fitting nail-biting conclusion.

“In a weekend which has seen much talk on the future of F1, I also believe in the importance of recognising and appreciating its history. 50 years ago this weekend, we lost the legendary Jim Clark. The two-time World Champion will always be remembered as a true great of the sport and without doubt inspired future generations to take up motorsport.

“Following another breath-taking weekend of racing and entertainment, I thank all those involved for making it such a success. As ever, this would not have been possible with the support of the many Government ministries involved, so I thank them for all their efforts. I also thank my team here at the BIC for working so tirelessly over the last few months to put this great event together. Lastly, I also acknowledge the tremendous support of our partners and sponsors.”

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