H.E. Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, chief executive, Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), said that this unprecedented achievement underscores the success of the combined efforts to put on a phenomenal season for this annual event, which Bahrain has hosted since 2004, and in line with the "New Era" of Formula 1, as a radically new set of regulations come into force – all designed to produce even more spectacular racing.
Al Khalifa added that this increase is due to the Team Bahrain efforts, and huge line up of events on the sidelines of Formula 1 and major marketing campaigns internationally and said, “The Bahrain International Circuit proved once again this year that it is The Home of Motorsports in the Middle East, and even led the developments of this race globally. Our readiness to host the race was reflected in its good organisation with zero flaws. This indicates the efficiency of the track's cadres and our long experience accumulated over the 18 years of organizing this race. We extend our thanks to all partners from government and corporate agencies, as well as individuals, that have contributed to the amazing achievement.”
Waleed Al Alawi, Acting CEO, Gulf Air, said, “As a trustworthy partner for Formula 1, we have proved our excellence and efficiency. Our efforts this year included launching stopover packages and gulf air holidays in time to promote Formula 1, in addition to promotional activities and marketing campaigns. We'd like also to highlight the Bahrain Tourism Authority's efforts to collaborate with us in promoting this international event, through competitive packages with local destination management companies to attract more tourists to the Formula 1.”