Bahrain secures contract extension with Gulf Air

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The Bahrain Grand Prix will continue its partnership with Gulf Air following a renewal of the successful sponsorship that has been running since the event started in 2004.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will open next year’s F1 calendar as the season gets underway on 3-5 March at the Bahrain International Circuit, as it has done for the past two years.

The season-opening race will continue to enjoy the partnership with Gulf Air with this sponsorship being one of the longest running of its kind. The aviation giant is the ultimate ambassador of the event as it showcases both the Kingdom and the race weekend on the global stage.

Each year, a few minutes before the lights go out for the 57-lap Grand Prix, a spectacle takes place in the skies above BIC with the traditional Gulf Air flypast featuring one of the carrier’s flagship aircraft.

Brandon Snow, Managing Director – Commercial at Formula 1, said: “While we have only just wrapped up on a fantastic F1 campaign this year, it is exciting to think about what’s to come in 2023 and it’s great that we have Gulf Air on board to help us kick-off the season in Bahrain in March.

“They have been a crucial part of the event that the team in Bahrain put on every year since it began almost two decades ago.”

Captain Waleed Al Alawi, Chief Executive Officer Gulf Air, concluded: “As the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, and the World’s Most Improved Airline 2022 awarded by Skytrax, we are delighted to extend this successful partnership with Bahrain International Circuit. We have been partners with the Circuit since the very first F1 race in 2004.

„Since then, we have supported the race in many ways, whether by adding flights from destinations on our network to bring in spectators of the race, or by using environmentally friendly bio fuel for the last two races to perform our yearly flypast. We have always taken pride in being the flying ambassador of the Kingdom, and in our role as the title sponsor for the Formula 1 and Gulf Air renew title partnership of the Bahrain Grand Prix.”