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FIA gives Bahrain extended deadline

A circuit spokesman enigmatically revealed that 'we are not saying we are hosting it, we are not saying we are not hosting it, we are not saying it is cancelled'.

“Bahrain's commitment to F1 has been clear from the very outset,” added Ecclestone. “While obviously the kingdom has had to put its national affairs first, I have never been in any doubt that restoring the Bahrain Grand Prix has been of paramount importance. In eight years of my relationship with Bahrain, I have always been confident that they will produce something special.”

Meanwhile, following the revelation that activists had called upon Ecclestone not to give the race a new slot until 'basic human rights and freedoms are restored and the repression is over' [see separate story – click here], it emerges that an online petition in favour of the Bahrain Grand Prix being restaged has been launched on Twitter, thus far boasting more than 800 signatures. The 'Bring Back Bahrain Formula 1 GP' appeal espouses the benefits the sport has brought to the kingdom in terms of greater international profile and economic growth.

Both FIA President Jean Todt and Bahrain Grand Prix representatives are expected to attend this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul.

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Neil - Unregistered

May 03, 2011 12:14 PM

OK, I understand Formula One does not want to get involved in the internal politics of nations. But, surely when unarmed protesters are being killed a line has been crossed.

RD350LC - Unregistered

May 04, 2011 3:18 PM

Extending this deadline is just a joke, and if the race goes ahead this year it will just go to show that F1 & anyone taking part in that race is completely morally bankrupt

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