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Bernie Ecclestone says the Bahrain Grand Prix won't go ahead despite the FIA handing a new date for the event
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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RawDawg

June 08, 2011 4:22 PM

A bunch of saving face and political wrangling. The FIA said the race would go on to appease the Bahrain officials and big wigs to help them to give their false appearance of "all is well" knowing that the teams would shoot it down. Now the FIA can say to the Bahrain officials "we did all we could", put the blame of the teams for the race not happening and wash their hands of it.

MR

June 08, 2011 5:04 PM

The one person coming out of this sorry saga with his credibility shattered is Todt. Like him or loathe him, this ludicrous state of affairs would never have happened under Mosley. He did, at least LEAD the FIA. Todt, sadly, seems to be trying to manage by committee, which will only result in chaos. I wonder how long he will remain at his post after this shambles?



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