The CEO of the Bahrain International Circuit says he is unconvinced that F1 should feature a third round located in the Gulf region as Qatar steps up its campaign for a place on the race calendar.

Bahrain became the first Middle Eastern state to host an F1 race when the BIC opened its doors in 2004 and has since gone on to become a familiar staple on the F1 calendar, culminating in it becoming the first permanent facility to host an F1 night race in 2014.

Since the BIC's inauguration, F1 in the Middle East has expanded to include the season-concluding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 2009, though a third event is now also being mooted following Qatar's expressed desire to also host an event, either at its existing Losail International Circuit or around a new street layout.

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However, Sheik Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa says he concerned about the impact a third F1 race in the region - in Qatar or elsewhere - would have, pointing out that its welcoming of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was based on the stipulation that it occurs at the opposite end of a season

"The culture of F1 in the Middle East is growing and we have seen that consistently since we started ten years ago," he told "During that time, we were happy to welcome Abu Dhabi back in 2009, but we were always clear that there wasn't any rivalry there.

"With our race at the start of the season and Abu Dhabi at the end, plus the fact that our race is far more focused on the GCC (Gulf region) audience compared to Abu Dhabi's international reach, there is a natural place for both."

"From our perspective, we are not sure whether the region is ready for another F1 race and we can only really speculate on what that race might look like and how it may be different.

"However, I am sure that given the continued growing interest in the sport, it is certainly something we would welcome further in the future."

As part of its deal to introduce F1 to the Gulf region, Bahrain is believed to have been handed a veto on any other F1 race being held in the Middle East. However, Sheik Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa does not expand on the details of the veto's specifics

"As you would expect from an F1 race promoter, we have an ongoing and regular dialogue with the commercial rights holder concerning a variety of matters. We would not wish to comment whether certain matters are or aren't discussed as part of that private dialogue."