F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone is now more 'hopeful' the F1 2011 season opener in Bahrain will go ahead as planned.
Yesterday evening he seemed rather pessimistic about the event taking place and his advice for anyone making travel arrangements was not to bother [see separate story – click here
]. However less than 24 hours later, the 80-year-old seemed a lot more optimistic, although his comments were made before new reports of civil unrest.
“I'm more hopeful today than I was yesterday,” Ecclestone said in an interview with the BBC
. "I haven't spoken to anybody in the Crown Prince's office this morning, but I've spoken to our people who are there.
“As you know we've pulled the GP2 race because it's the Asia Series so it's not terribly important and it doesn't give a bad message to anybody, so we didn't want to take any chances. But that was yesterday we decided to do that. Probably today if we had to make the same decision, on the information I've got, we wouldn't do that.
“Our people there today say it is quiet, no big problems. They're there. I don't know if I was there or you were there, we would say there are no problems, I've no idea, but that's what people have said.
“Let just hope this all blows away. In these parts there have always been skirmishes, although this is perhaps a bit more than that.”
Ecclestone however, didn't rule out the possibility of shifting the event to a different date, as was done back in 1985 with the Belgian Grand Prix.
“We scheduled that later. We may be able to do the same with this one,” he continued. "I hope we don't have to do anything, I hope things will just carry on as normal. Obviously some people were killed, nobody's happy with that.
“Let's wait and see. I hope we don't have to do anything, I hope things will just carry on as usual.”