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Bahrain still firmly focussed on 2011 calendar slot

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers remain determined to find a way to reinstate the cancelled curtain-raising outing at a later date on the F1 2011 calendar
The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix are still firmly pursuing the possibility of repositioning the race on the F1 2011 calendar, after its original curtain-raising slot had to be cancelled due to political unrest in the Middle Eastern desert kingdom.

The 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir was due to take place on 13 March, but in the in the light of violent protests in the capital city of Manama, the sport's commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone left the decision as to whether or not it would be safe to let the race proceed in the hands of the Crown Prince, who ultimately deemed that it would be unwise to go ahead.

The FIA subsequently gave Bahrain a deadline of 1 May by which it must determine whether it wishes to be reinstated on the 2011 schedule at a later date – most likely at the end of the season between Abu Dhabi and Brazil. Despite anti-government demonstrations and clashes continuing to rock the tiny island state, the ruling royal family is confident that peace can be re-established in time.

Whilst no decision has yet been made, Bahrain International Circuit CEO Sheik Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa told the Bahrain News Agency that 'now that security has prevailed', the focus is on finding a way to 'host the race anew'.

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RD350LC - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 12:38 PM

This race should be removed from the calendar permanently after the recent brutality towards the citizens of Bahrain by their own security forces & foreign troops invited in by the government Morels should dictate that is off until a new regime is in power But we all know that morels mean nothing to the man who sells races to the highest bidder

RD350LC - Unregistered

April 13, 2011 1:39 PM

Just read the article again & whoever wrote it has defiantly put a fair bit of spin on the situation It reads “in the light of violent protests” surly that should be “In the light of violent oppression of peaceful protestors”

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