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2013-04-23 09:22

CONTROVERSIAL F1 RACE: The Bahrain circuit could host a night race in 2014 as it will celebrates its tenth anniversary in F1. Image: AFP

Bahrain could celebrate its tenth anniversary as a Formula 1 host by staging 2014's race under lights, circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani has revealed.

The news follows reports Bernie Ecclestone is happy to keep F1's most controversial race on the calendar long into the future, and is considering a season opener slot for Bahrain in 2014.


Bahrain's existing contract runs until 2016, and the F1 chief executive said: "I feel they do a super job and we're more than happy to give them a contract (extension) for five years.

"I don't see any problems.”

Next year will not be the tenth Bahrain Grand Prix, because the race was removed from the calendar in 2011 due to the island Kingdom's civil unrest outbreak.

But 2014 will be the tenth anniversary of Bahrain's first race in 2004.

To mark the occasion, Alzayani said: "We are looking at many options. A night race could be one of them, but it is not the only one.

"There are pros and cons to doing it.”

He confirmed that Bahrain wants to stay in F1 "for the long term".

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