Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that he will leave a decision on whether or not the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead to the country's Crown Prince.
The opening round of the 2011 F1 season is in doubt after political unrest in the Gulf state led to violent clashes between police and protestors – with a number of people killed and scores injured.
Ecclestone expects a decision on whether or not the event will go ahead as planned to be taken this week, although he hasn't ruled out the possibility that Bahrain could be moved to a date later in the year.
He does however insist that another event wouldn't replace Bahrain on its scheduled date to the logistical nightmare it would create.
Crown Prince Salman ibn Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa will now make the decision on whether or not it is safe for the event to take place.
"He will know whether it's safe for us to be there," Ecclestone told the BBC
. "I've no idea. I'm not there, so I don't know. We won't advise people to go unless it's safe."
The Foreign Office has already advised against anything other than essential travel to the country due to the ongoing situation, while the teams have said they will back whatever decision is taken.