F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone checked on progress at 2009 grand prix finale host circuit Abu Dhabi before arriving in Bahrain this week.

Toyota test driver Kamui Kobayashi secured the GP2 Asia series championship in Bahrain. "Now we have another step with the main series," said the 22-year-old, referring to the GP2 championship that kicks off in support of the Spanish grand prix next month.

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An Hungarian escape-artist will attempt a world record on the grid before Sunday's Bahrain grand prix. David Merlini, who broke the record for holding his breath underwater for nearly 21 minutes last year, will attempt to extend his record at the Sakhir track.

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F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone checked on progress at 2009 grand prix finale host circuit Abu Dhabi before arriving in Bahrain this week. "He has had a good look and likes it," said promoter Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management's new chief executive Richard Cregan, formerly Toyota team manager.

 

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