F1 »

Ecclestone not concerned over Bahrain

The proximity of Abu Dhabi to the ongoing unrest in Bahrain has once again raised questions about the future of the F1 Grand Prix there in 2013.
With F1's return to the region this weekend in Abu Dhabi and the appearance of the Crown Prince of Bahrain in the Yas Marina paddock on Saturday, the ongoing civil unrest in the nearby Bahrain has once again raised questions on the future of the Grand Prix at Sakhir's International Circuit.

The event was cancelled last year because of security concerns, but went ahead in 2012 despite huge controversy and protests about the ethics of the sport appearing to support the local government during a time of wide-scale unrest in the country.

Even though the event itself went off without a hitch - with the circuit, teams and drivers all safely cocooned by a huge security operation - it was nonetheless viewed as a major public relations own-goal for F1.

But speaking in the paddock of the Yas Marina Circuit on Friday, Bernie Ecclestone brushed aside a new wave of questions and speculation about whether the race would go ahead next year given that the unrest is still continuing.

"I wasn't concerned this year and I'm not concerned for next year," said the F1 supremo, saying that he had every confidence that next year's race scheduled for April 21

Ecclestone even hinted that a new Grand Prix in the region might be possible, after rumours that neighbouring Qatar is interested in holding a Grand Prix in addition to their current MotoGP season-opening floodlit event.

"Let's see," said Ecclestone when asked if a Qatar GP was a possibility. "Let's see what comes out of it."

Meanwhile Ecclestone was cool about the speculation that the French Grand Prix might be back on the 2013 calendar after the decision to postpone the inaugural New Jersey left a gap on the calendar.

"Who knows, everything is possible with me, you know that," said Ecclestone at his most sphinx-like. But he was distinctly more effusive when it came to talking about this weekend's race at Abu Dhabi.

"I love it here," he admitted. "All the teams love it here. Everyone is very happy.

"This is without any doubt the best circuit we've got," he added, saying that it needed to become a role model and benchmark by which all other modern Grand Prix venues should be compared to. "It's not inexpensive to make something like this, so we have to be a bit careful."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
22.04.2012- Race, Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) HRT Formula 1 Team F112
22.04.2012- Race, Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sahara Force India F1 Team VJM05 leads Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
Free Practice 1: Kamui Kobayashi (JAP) Sauber F1 Team C31
Bernie Ecclestone (GBR) CEO Formula One Group (FOM)
12.10.2014- Marco Tronchetti Provera (ITA) Pirelli Chairman with Paul Hembery (GBR) Pirelli Motorspor Director  and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
12.10.2014- Vladimir Putin (RUS) President of Russia with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
12.10.2014- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
12.10.2014- Vladimir Putin (RUS) President of Russia with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
12.10.2014- Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management with Dmitry Kozak (RUS) Russian Deputy Prime Minister
12.10.2014- Vladimir Putin (RUS) President of Russia with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
10.10.2015- Free Practice 1, Dmitry Kozak (RUS) Russian Deputy Prime Minister with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management and Christian Horner (GBR), Red Bull Racing, Sporting Director
10.10.2015- Free Practice 1, Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
09.10.2014-  Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
09.10.2014-  Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
09.10.2014- Graeme Lowdon (GBR) Marussia F1 Team Chief Executive Officer with Bernie Ecclestone (GBR).
09.10.2014- Atmosphere of Sochi Olympic Park - Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management golf car
Bernie Ecclestone and Azad Rahimov at Baku European Grand Prix launch
Bernie Ecclestone at Baku European Grand Prix launch

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.