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'.