F1 commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has hinted that he is prepared to give organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix more time to decide if the 2011 race can go ahead.

The race was due to kick-start the new season before being cancelled due to political unrest, with the FIA telling event organisers that they had until May 1 to decide if they would be able to reschedule the race to a new date.

With that deadline looming, the current situation in the Gulf State is still serious with it looking near impossible that organisers would be in a position to say the race could take place.

However, Ecclestone has now hinted that he would be prepared to offer Bahrain additional time before hopes of a race at the Sakhir circuit this year come to an end.

"We need to wait a little bit to see exactly how progress is made," he told Reuters. "I suppose we'd be safe by early June or something like that.

"Things can change in a couple of weeks...so you don't know. All of a sudden everything might be peaceful in a month's time and they are happy to run the event and so we are happy to be there."