The Bahrain International Circuit, where pre-season testing wrapped up today, has named turn 1 after Michael Schumacher.
Schumacher won the inaugural Bahrain Grand Prix in 2004, as well as grabbing pole position and the fastest lap – which still remains the quickest time that anyone has set around the track. Schumacher was also involved in designing the circuit.
Schumacher, 45, remains in a medically induced coma after a skiing accident at the Meribel Ski Resort on December 28th last.
After consultation with Schumacher’s family, the management at the circuit announced the idea.
“Michael’s family would like to thank the Bahrain International Circuit for this gesture, acknowledging Michael’s achievements in Formula 1 and interest in the BIC circuit design,” said Sabine Kehm, Schumacher’s manager.
“We take it as a recognition for his passion for motorsport. I am convinced Michael will love the idea and feel very honoured about having a BIC corner named after him.”
Schumacher is Formula One’s most successful ever driver with 91 career victories and seven World Championships to his name. He also has a corner named after him in the historic Nurburgring.