Next year's Bahrian Grand Prix will be staged as a night-time race

Next year’s Bahrain Grand Prix will be staged as a night race, event organisers have announced.

The utterly dull Sakhir-based circuit – which will stage its tenth running of the event next year – has had floodlights installed in readiness for the 2014 race, with the new lighting being given its maiden test at this weekend’s World Endurance Championship round.

Next year's Bahrian Grand Prix will be staged as a night-time race
The night-time schedule could make it easier for organisers to disguise the near-empty grandstands…

“This is by far the biggest development project we have ever undertaken at the BIC since the circuit was first built,” Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa, CEO of the Bahrain International Circuit, said.

“I believe that there can be no better way for us to mark our 10th anniversary in F1 by demonstrating our long term commitment to the sport through this significant investment.”

Next year’s Formula 1 calendar will therefore see two night-time races, with the Gulf kingdom joining Singapore in staging their respective Grands Prix under floodlights.

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.