F1 »

Bahrain welcomes FIA delay

Bahrain welcomes a move by the FIA to give it until May to decide if it can host an F1 race this season
Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, the boss of the Bahrain International Circuit, has welcomed the announcement by the FIA that it will give the Gulf State until the start of May to decide if it can run an F1 event this season.

The planned season opener was cancelled due to the ongoing political unrest in Bahrain while a planned test at the Sakhir circuit was moved back to Europe and is currently taking place at Catalunya instead.

Bernie Ecclestone has been keen to stress that the Bahrain race could still be run at a later date this year if one can be found, with the FIA's World Motor Sport Council saying that it needed a decision by 1 May on whether hosting the event would be possible [See separate story HERE].

Shaikh Salman has now revealed that the Bahrain circuit will do all it can to secure its slot on the calendar and welcomed the move to give the nation more time to ensure the race can take place.

"We at BIC work so hard throughout the year to put on one of the greatest F1 weekends of the world championship; and while it is important for us to have our race, our complete concentration right now must be on a national dialogue," he told the Gulf Daily News.

"I am very happy that we have been given more time by the FIA to accomplish our national goals, so that we may hopefully stage our Grand Prix later this year. When things get better, we will do what we can to be back on the race calendar."


Tagged as: FIA , Bernie Ecclestone , Bahrain

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Adrian Sutil (GER) Force India Mercedes VJM03, Kamui Kobayashi (J) BMW Sauber Ferrari C29
Start
Start
27.11.2016 - Race, Roger Federer (SUI) tennis player and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM
27.11.2016 - Race, Roger Federer (SUI) tennis player and Bernd Maylander (GER) FIA Safety Car Driver
27.11.2016 - Race, Gerard Berger (AUT), Michael
27.11.2016 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM
27.11.2016 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM
27.11.2016 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM
27.11.2016 - Fia group photo, Michael
27.11.2016 - Fia group photo, Michael
27.11.2016 - Fia group photo
26.11.2016 - Qualifying, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM office
26.11.2016 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM and Flavio Briatore (ITA)
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, (L-R) Fabiana Flosi (BRA), Wife of Bernie Ecclestone and Piero Ferrari (ITA) Vice-President Ferrari
26.11.2016 - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of FOM, Fabiana Flosi (BRA), Wife of Bernie Ecclestone and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
26.11.2016 - Free Practice 3, Fabiana Flosi (BRA), Wife of Bernie Ecclestone

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.