Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

celebrates after winning the 2004 Bahrain Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Bahrain International Circuit has renamed its first corner after Michael Schumacher as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.

The circuit notes that he “was directly involved in the early stages of the BIC’s development, offering his own input into the design of the track, including the layout of turn one.”

Circuit chairman Zayed Al Zayani said: “With the support of his family, it is a great privilege to be able to honor arguably the greatest racing driver in the history of and someone who the people of Bahrain hold close to their hearts. From his first appearance at the BIC in 2004, he immediately became an inspiration for all those who love motorsport in the Kingdom and it is therefore natural for us to recognize him in this way. The team at the BIC continues to offer Michael and his family its best wishes.”

Sabine Kehm, speaking on behalf of the Schumacher family, said: “Michael’s family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael’s achievements in Formula One and interest in the BIC circuit design. We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honored about having a BIC corner named after him.”

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