Marussia Virgin Racing team boss John Booth has said if the Bahrain Grand Prix is cancelled there is 'absolutely' no chance of it being moved to a different venue.
His comments come in the wake of political unrest in the country and the decision to call-off this weekend's GP2 Series race at the Bahrain International Circuit [see separate story – click here
Speaking to the BBC
, Booth added if F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is forced to cancel the F1 2011 opener, then a replacement would be unfeasible as some equipment is already en-route.
“It is definitely impractical,” he said. “Our sea freight, as did every other team's, left for Bahrain a month ago. A lot of the equipment in the sea freight is vital for the running of the cars. So to move it to another venue would be very difficult.” Pressed on if it is Bahrain or nowhere, he added that is 'absolutely' the case.
Meanwhile, Booth said he has been surprised by what has happened and is happening in Bahrain: “Obviously it is very disturbing and it does give you a lot of concerns. It is pretty surprising. The few times I have been to Bahrain it has always appeared to be such a peaceful and calm country," he continued.
"Obviously with news about GP2 it raises concerns. But if the local government, the FIA and FOM say it is safe to go, we will go. They will have people on the ground assessing the situation and they will be well informed on the risks.
“The other complication though is that we have a four-day test there the weekend before the race.
"Most of us are actually out there for 16 days. A decision will have to be taken on the test by February 25 when the freight goes out and then probably the week after for the race decision.”
For the record, Ecclestone has confirmed an assessment on whether or not the Bahrain GP will run on March 13 will 'probably' be made next week [see separate story – click here