Work on the Bahrain International Circuit, set to host the first ever Grand Prix in the Middle East, is ahead of schedule prior to the circuits FIA inspection date of 7 March.

According to the construction team, work on the circuit south of the capital city Manama is 89% complete ahead of the inaugural Gulf Air Bahrain GP on 4 April.

Eddie Jordan, head of the Jordan Grand Prix team, became the most recent member of the F1 family to visit the new track after being invited to the circuit by Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa.

Jordan was pleased with what he saw.

"I am amazed, breathless actually," he said. "The circuit exceeds words. I was tremendously impressed with the work that everyone in Bahrain has done in building this magnificent circuit.

"Visiting a circuit under construction is always a special experience. Too often those of us involved in the sport do not appreciate the effort and time that is put into building new circuits.

"This track provides a number of challenging corners and super fast straights. It also, importantly, is going to provide drivers with overtaking opportunities and will, I am sure, provide the global television audience and spectators with a sensational race."

The first layer of the 3.362mile track has been laid and work is on going on the second and third layers. Run-off areas, gravel traps, safety barriers, marshal posts, control facilities and the medical centre are all in the final stages of preparation and the track should be ready for Formula One cars at the end of February.



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