A top Bahraini official has hit out at Bernie Ecclestone for the way in which the commercial rights holder has changed his view on whether or not the Bahrain Grand Prix should take place this season.
Having long said that that the Gulf State should be given the chance to show it could host the event following the political unrest that forced it to withdraw from hosting the opening round of the season, Ecclestone has now performed a u-turn after saying the race couldn't take place on its revised date.
That comment came after teams hit out at the decision taken by the FIA to place Bahrain on the date originally scheduled for the Indian Grand Prix, which has been moved to December to accommodate Bahrain.
Ecclestone's u-turn has seen him come under attack from officials in Bahrain who are clearly angered by his comments, with Nabeel Kanoo – a chamber of commerce and industry board member – saying it was a 'shameful decision' if the race was cancelled for a second time.
“We were really optimistic after the event had been re-scheduled to take place in October,” he told the Gulf Daily News
. “Now that it might not be happening, it's a real blow. It is a shameful decision and smacks of hypocrisy. There was no reason to consider cancelling it.
“Mr Ecclestone, of course, has the final say but in spite of him, we will move on. Whatever happens, we will not be discouraged with this and reiterate that we are solidly behind our leadership and support its call for a national dialogue.”