Commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has said that the Bahrain Grand Prix won't take place, despite the FIA announcing that the race has been handed a rescheduled date on the calendar.

The governing body announced last week that the race would be run on the date originally due to see F1 compete in India for the first time (30 October), with the race in Delhi being moved to 11 December.

Although the decision was taken by a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, teams are said to be against the decision for a range of reasons - including the fact that it would be difficult from a logistical point of view to expand the calendar at such a stage.

It is this fact that looks set to cause problems for the FIA, with its sporting code stating that amendments to the championship can't be made without the agreement of competitors - which means it is likely that teams will get their way rather than the FIA.

"Hopefully we can return [to Bahrain] in the future," Ecclestone was quoted by the BBC, "but of course it's not on.

"The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants - they're the facts."

Commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone has said that the Bahrain Grand Prix won't take place, despite the FIA announcing that the race has been handed a rescheduled date on the calendar.

The governing body announced last week that the race would be run on the date originally due to see F1 compete in India for the first time (30 October), with the race in Delhi being moved to 11 December.

Although the decision was taken by a meeting of the FIA's World Motor Sport Council, teams are said to be against the decision for a range of reasons - including the fact that it would be difficult from a logistical point of view to expand the calendar at such a stage.

It is this fact that looks set to cause problems for the FIA, with its sporting code stating that amendments to the championship can't be made without the agreement of competitors - which means it is likely that teams will get their way rather than the FIA.

"Hopefully we can return [to Bahrain] in the future," Ecclestone was quoted by the BBC, "but of course it's not on.

"The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants - they're the facts."

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