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Bahrain will revert to original track layout for 2011

Bahrain International Circuit
The Bahrain Grand Prix was added to the calendar in 2004

The Bahrain Grand Prix will revert to its original track layout for the 2011 race in March.

The track was lengthened and had a new loop of corners added for the 2010 race which opened the season, but the layout was widely criticised as "boring".

Organisers have now revealed that next year's race will take place in the original layout which has hosted the Grand Prix since 2004.

The 2010 race marked the 60th anniversary of Formula One racing.

"It was important for us to celebrate this momentous occasion by doing something very unique and different," the circuit's acting chief executive Sheikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa said.

"Since its inception in 2004 Bahrain International Circuit has continually set new standards in the world of international motorsport."

That view was shared by seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher.

"From a driver's point of view Bahrain is quite a challenge. Very tricky corner combinations," added the German.

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