Bahrain revs up for F1 with track and trees

Middle East race track to include lawns, trees and shrubs

Bahrain is laying the final touches on its £85 million racing track that will be surrounded by lavish landscape. The project is the brainchild of crown prince Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa and includes lawns, trees and shrubs. The track will wind around pits and paddock buildings and in six weeks will host the Middle East’s first ever Formula 1 grad prix. The circuit is a few miles south of the capital of Manama and aims to be a showcase of design and facilities. It is one of several major design projects including the £700 million Bahrain Financial Harbour and a £500 million commercial, retail and tourist development. Meanwhile China is to hold its first race in September and back in England, Terence O’Rourke landscaped one of the world’s finest new test centres for F1 cars, the TAG Maclaren HQ in Woking.

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