The FIA has revealed that Bernie Ecclestone made a late bid to save the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix by suggesting that the race be moved to December.
The governing body announced last week that the Bahrain race was to be rescheduled and run on 30 October on the date initially set aside for the Indian Grand Prix – which was moved to 4 December.
FOTA hit out at that decision and insisted it wasn't possible logistically to move the Indian race at such a late stage, with Ecclestone quoted earlier this week as saying that the race wouldn't take place due to the fact that the teams wouldn't back the calendar change.
It has now emerged however that Ecclestone made a move on Thursday to make sure the Bahrain race would go ahead by suggesting that Indian be moved back to its original date and that Bahrain then become the season finale.
"The commercial rights holder (FOWCL) proposed to the FIA that the GP of Bahrain be rescheduled for 4 December, with the GP of India reinstated on its original date of 30 October,” the FIA revealed in a chronology of the events surrounding the Bahrain race. "The FIA replied the same day, asking FOWCL to provide guarantees that any new date proposal is acceptable both to the teams and to the organisers in Bahrain."
However, just hours after the FIA replied to Ecclestone, organisers in Bahrain abandoned plans to host a race in 2011, with the World Motor Sport Council set to carry out a fax vote to confirm the original calendar next week.