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Bahrain's F1 night race plans 'ahead of schedule'

Installation of 490 light poles connected by 500km of cabling will be finished well before April race, says Ministry

Bahrain's F1 night race plans 'ahead of schedule'
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)

Bahrain said on Sunday that its plans to install track lighting to hold a Formula 1 night race next year are progressing ahead of schedule.

The new floodlight system, which is being put in as part of plans to turn their 10th anniversary Formula One Grand Prix into a night race on April 6, is being undertaken on a "fast track basis", the country's Ministry of Works said following a visit to the circuit in Sakhir.

"Work is presently on programme for completion well in advance of the race in April," the Ministry said in a statement cited by Bahrain News Agency.

It added that the lighting project is being managed by a special projects office in the Ministry.

The main contractor is Cebarco and the specialist lighting sub-contractor is Musco Lighting, the statement said.

The project will feature around 490 light poles ranging in height from 10 to 45 metres connected by more than 500km of cabling with 20 new small sub-stations housing the switchgear and generators.

Other improvements include upgrades to the existing spectator and vending area lighting as well as installation of new effect lighting to enhance and support the visual spectacle of night-time racing.

Singapore currently hosts Formula One's only full night race, with Abu Dhabi's day-to-night event with the sun setting during the race.

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