Bahrain, Abu Dhabi confirmed for F1 races in 2014

Formula 1 race will take place in Bahrain on April 6 and in Abu Dhabi on October 26
Nico Rosberg (front left) of Germany and Mercedes GP leads the field into the first corner at the start of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on April 21, 2013 in Sakhir, Bahrain. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sat 28 Sep 2013 10:48 AM

Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have both been retained in the Formula 1 race calendar for 2014, the World Motor Sport Council has confirmed.

Following a meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia, F1 chiefs announced the calendar for next year's races which showed the Bahrain race would take place on April 6 with Abu Dhabi hosting on October 26.

The last three races in Bahrain have been marred by internal unrest, with security forces battling with protesters looking to overthrow the ruling Khalifa dynasty in the run-up to the race weekend.

The F1 year will begin in Australia on March 16 and will finish in Brazil on November 30.

Earlier this month, the organisers of the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix said that the race will be switched to night-time next year to mark the event’s tenth anniversary.

The Bahrain circuit chairman Zayed Al Zayani said that an official announcement on the move was imminent.

Zayani also told the website that he had asked F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to move the Bahrain race back from being the proposed opener for next season, so that they can finish required upgrades for a night race.

"We requested from Bernie not to be the first grand prix of the year because we are undergoing a major refurbishment of our track to commemorate the 10th anniversary," Al Zayani told Autosport. “We didn’t want to be squeezed for time.”

He added that organisers were still deciding whether the race would be held at twilight, like that in Abu Dhabi, or if would begin later in the evening.

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