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FIA vows to respect Bahrain deadline

The three-month state of emergency declared in Bahrain this week does not affect the 1 May deadline for the desert state to decide whether or not it can welcome F1 later in the year, the FIA insists
F1 governing body the FIA has promised to continue to respect the deadline it has given Bahrain to resolve whether or not it is in a position to be reinstated on the sport's 2011 calendar, despite the worsening of the political unrest in the desert kingdom this week.

Following the deployment of troops from neighbouring Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a bid to restore order in the wake of renewed protests against the ruling royal family in the capital city of Manama – leaving more than 200 people injured – a three-month state of emergency was yesterday (Tuesday) declared in the tiny Gulf state as it teeters on the brink of what some fear could be outright war [see separate story – click here].

The latest development seemed to have dashed all hopes of rescheduling the postponed F1 2011 curtain-raiser later on in the campaign, but the FIA has revealed that the 1 May deadline remains in-place.

“There were many people involved in making that decision, and for now the [World Motor Sport] Council will respect the deadline,” a spokesman explained. “There is an obligation to that, but clearly the situation is fluid. We're adapting to information day-by-day, [and] we will react when it is the right moment.”

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March 16, 2011 1:55 PM

I think the FIA are mad if they go ahead with this race,why can't they just give up with it instead of keep holding on just in case all the time,this has been going on for so long now that they don't deserve to stage it now,give the race to another country who does not behave in such awful ways.

Rob01 - Unregistered

March 24, 2011 2:50 PM

Sorry a bit off topic but Crash is behind. Bernie has said that the FIA should be handed the rules from the teams and himself. FIA should only police the rules handed to them outside of safety. This is going to get sticky as I think that FOTA and Bernie are looking for someone else to police the series if FIA keeps adding all these green and bogus ideas. He said that the FIA is a joke. Too bad he didn't think this way when Max was in charge.

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