Bahrain first corner to be named after Schumacher

Bahrain first corner to be named after Schumacher

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have confirmed that the first corner of the Bahrain International Circuit will be named after Michael Schumacher.0373LW1D5895

The seven-time world champion remains in a coma at the Grenoble University Hospital following a skiing accident in the French Alps at the end of last year. He won the inaugural Bahrain GP in 2004 and still holds the lap record.

He was also directly involved in the development of the track in the early stages, including the layout of the first turn.

“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,” track chairman Zayed Al Zayani said on Sunday.

“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.”

His manager Sabine Kehm added: “Michael’s family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael’s achievements in Formula 1 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.”

The fast turn eight/nine complex at the Nurburgring circuit, where Schumacher won five times, is also named after the 45-year-old.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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