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Bahrain Grand Prix agree night race switch

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The Bahrain Grand Prix will be held under lights in 2014 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the race, it has been announced.

Next year will be tenth running of the Bahrain Grand Prix rather than the eleventh as civil unrest caused the 2011 race to be cancelled, though it will mark 10 years since the first race in 2004.

Earlier this year the chairman of the Sakhir International Circuit Zayed Alzayani revealed the organisers were looking at options to mark the occasion: "We are looking at many options," he told reporters.

"A night race could be one of them, but it is not the only one. There are pros and cons to doing it."

It appears though that the advantages won with Germany's Speed Week and Italy's ItaliaRacing publications both reporting a deal between Alzayani and Ecclestone for a night race had been done at Monza.

The news will be confirmed this week and work to install the lighting around the Sakhir circuit is expected to be complete by February.

Last week the draft 2014 calendar was released with Bahrain pushed back to the fifth race of the season as Korea moves up the schedule.

What is unknown is what type of night race will be held next year, according to Speed Week correspondent Mathias Bruner:  "It is still unclear whether Bahrain will be a twilight race, like Abu Dhabi, or a pure night race, like Singapore."

Either way the unique backdrop that comes with a night race is set to provide a special atmosphere to a race which traditionally has not been one of the favourites among the F1 fanbase.

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