Bahrain's F1 Medical Team ensures safety at 2023 Season Opener


As the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) wrapped up hosting the opening race of the 2023 Formula 1 season, the spotlight shifted to the team of 120 medical personnel who had been working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of all those in attendance. 

The team, which included surgeons, anesthetists, plastic surgeons, orthopedics, emergency physicians, and paramedics, among others, had been deployed at the medical center at the BIC and the VIP Tower, fully equipped to receive patients.

Prior to the event, the Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) had organized live exercises and mock drills at the Crowne Plaza Bahrain hotel, which were attended by the medical staff. These exercises included drills for extricating a race driver from a simulated accident and other safety measures. The team was fully prepared for any emergency, with two helicopters on standby to airlift patients if necessary. The Bahrain Defence Force and the Salmaniya Medical Complex were also on hand to provide support.

Dr Amjad Obeid, Bahrain's F1 race chief medical officer, highlighted the team's previous successful interventions in emergency cases where they responded in less than 15 seconds. He stressed the importance of collaboration with other teams, including the marshals deployed across the track and civil defense.

The medical team's readiness was put to the test during the event, which had seen its share of incidents in the past. The quick response by the F1 medical team ensured that any incidents were handled professionally and without major casualties, continuing the team's excellent safety records and maintaining a high level of professionalism.

The medical team held a full-scale emergency drill at the BIC on Thursday, supervised by the FIA. Dr Obeid assured the public that the team was ready to handle any emergency with the utmost professionalism and maintain the safety and well-being of all those in attendance.