Bahrain names first corner after Schumacher

Sunday 02nd March 2014, 10:43 by TF1T Staff 

Bahrain Grand Prix

The Bahrain organisers have renamed turn one at the Sakhir circuit in honour of seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher, who remains in an induced coma, had a hand in designing the corner when the track was constructed in 2003.

The German also won the very first race in 2004 and still holds the official lap record.

"With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honour arguably the greatest racing driver in the history of F1 and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts," said chairman, Zayed Al Zayani.

"From his first appearance at the BIC in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognise him in this way."

"The team at the BIC continues to offer Michael and his family its best wishes," he added.

Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, added: "Michael's family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture acknowledging Michael's achievements in Formula One and interest in the BIC circuit design.

"We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him."

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