2014 Bahrain Grand Prix to be night race

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Bahrain International Circuit, 2004In the round-up: The Bahrain race organisers confirm next year’s race will be held at night.

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Bahrain F1 circuit ready to turn on the night lights next season (The Guardian)

“Bahrain circuit officials will test a new floodlight system this weekend as part of their plans to turn their 10th anniversary Formula One grand prix into a night race next year.”

Mercedes evaluating Malaysia?s Jaafar (F1)

“Mercedes are conducting a driver evaluation test with Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar at the UK?s Silverstone circuit on Friday. As permitted under testing regulations, Jaafar is running in a 2011-model W02 car using demonstration tyres.”

Teams to blame for 2014 costs – Horner (ESPN)

“We can all stick our heads in the sand and dance around the periphery, but until you address the fundamentals the rest of it is just window dressing.”

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There are many drivers who could insist they should have won a grand prix but Mika Salo, who is 46 today, has a stronger claim than most. He handed a near-certain victory in the 1999 German Grand Prix to Ferrari team mate Eddie Irvine, who was in the hunt for the drivers’ championship. Irvine ultimately lost the title to Salo’s fellow Finn Mika Hakkinen.

Salo’s six-race stint as Michael Schumacher’s substitute marked the high point of his career and included two podium finishes. He scored a point for Toyota in their first race in 2002 but after they dropped him at the end of the season he never returned to F1.

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62 comments on 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix to be night race

  1. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 30th November 2013, 9:31

    “We can all stick our heads in the sand and dance around the periphery, but until you address the fundamentals the rest of it is just window dressing.”

    I find it extremely ironic that Horner should be making these comments, given that he was the only team principal who objected to mandatory reporting and cost-cutting measures and instead insisted that the Resource Restriction Agreement was doing enough on its own to keep costs down, and he managed to stall the debate long enough to keep the RRA in place. No doubt he’s buoyed by reports that other teams are spending more money than Red Bull are, but we all know that there is creative accounting going on in all of the teams. Red Bull are just better than it than the others.

    Christian, if you’re reading this, you’re not a part of the solution. You’re the problem – unwilling to give up on aero development, insisting that failed agreements between the teams are working, and pretending that what is in the best interests for Red Bull are really what is in the best interests for the sport. I’m willing to bet that if Red Bull withdrew from Formula 1 today, costs would come down starting tomorrow.

    • maarten.f1 (@maarten-f1) said on 30th November 2013, 9:42

      I’m willing to bet that if Red Bull withdrew from Formula 1 today, costs would come down starting tomorrow.

      @prisoner-monkeys I doubt that’s a bet you’d win. While Red Bull is possibly part of the problem, it’s just because they’re winning now. If Red Bull quit the sport today, someone else would take their place (veto Ferrari for example) and do the same thing as long as they’re winning. I can’t fault them for not wanting to give up their advantage, no team would want to. That’s why the FIA must be above the parties and make a rule of it, and if the teams don’t like it, they can leave.

  2. andae23 (@andae23) said on 30th November 2013, 10:22

    Jazeman Jaafar? You mean the guy in the turquoise car that always finishes last in Formula Renault 3.5? I’m sorry, Mercedes, but you have got enough money to be above this sort of thing.

  3. Jaafar?? rumour has it that Aladdin will be testing next, it seems Mercedes are exploring a whole new world :-D
    RIDICULOUS!

  4. Red Andy (@red-andy) said on 30th November 2013, 11:31

    You’ve got to admire the brass neck on Horner. The biggest spenders in F1, who have been the primary force in resisting any effort to control spending, now waving their hands and saying how dreadful it is that for some reason there are no cost controls in F1. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so stupid.

    • I actually do not read it that way. He does not bemoan the lack of cost control in that article. He talks about things that increase spending, like introducing new engines at the time when half of the teams operate on shoestring. I agree that preaching about money sounds funny from him, but like it or not, he is right about this particular thing.

  5. I couldn’t care less – in the sense that a dark race has no extra appeal to me. I like Bahrain as it is, uninspiring though it may be to many others.

  6. David not Coulthard (@) said on 1st December 2013, 14:09

    Bahrain to be a night race? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guerrilla_warfare

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