Bernie Ecclestone is set to hold talks with the Crown Prince of Bahrain later today before a decision is made on whether or not to cancel the opening round of the 2011 F1 season.
With political unrest ongoing in the Gulf state, the season-opener at the Sakhir circuit has been in doubt for some time with Ecclestone revealing at the weekend that he would leave the final call over whether to run the race to Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
According to a report in the Daily Telegraph
, Ecclestone is now due to speak with the Crown Prince on Monday afternoon to discuss the situation before the decision is taken – with news expected by Tuesday evening at the latest as to whether the race will go ahead.
"At the moment nothing at all has changed since yesterday, or the day before, or the day before that," he said. "Sometime, a little later on this afternoon, I shall be speaking to the crown prince, and then we can make some decisions as to exactly what we want to do."
Continuing speculation suggests that the race will be rescheduled if possible to a date later in the year rather than being cancelled outright, with the test session due to be held before the season opener being moved back to a circuit in Europe.
A move to reschedule the race will be dependent on a suitable date being found later in the year.