The Bahrain circuit was all part of a plan to boost tourism to the middle eastern country, and in turn this has worked fantastically. Bahrain was built to be ready for the 2004 formula 1 GP, and it just about made it. The circuit was not fully complete but it was usable. In 2007 the track was the first to receive the FIA centre of excellence award, something which has been emphasized recently with the development of the land around the area. Drivers enjoy the circuit in general, and the circuit proves a good challenge, especially with the large amount of corners, and the tricky turn 18/19. One of the problems with the GP however is that Sunday is a working day in Bahrain, meaning it can be difficult to attract the local fans on race day. The layout was modified in 2010 for the Formula 1, however it did not prove very successful!