Company: Bahrain International Circuit
Country of origin: United Kingdom
As Abu Dhabi scrambles to stage its first ever F1 Grand Prix later this year, one man has seen it all before. Martin Whitaker has overseen the development of Bahrain as a highlight of the F1 circuit, establishing the Gulf state as a favourite amongst both race teams and the sport’s hundreds of millions of fans.
As chief executive of race venue Bahrain International Circuit, Whitaker is responsible for managing the event and ensuring the island is capable of hosting such a global circus over three action-packed days.
His previous experience within the industry involved an early stint as a junior reporter on British weekly racing magazine Motoring News. Whitaker then joined the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association’s press office before moving to motor racing governing body FISA, working here in a similar capacity.
Whitaker held similar roles at McLaren and Ford Europe before taking charge of the Bahrain International Circuit.