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Bahrain eyes season opening slot again

Meanwhile, Ecclestone himself has said it is by no means out of the question for Bahrain to revert to acting as the season opener.

“We could do I suppose,” Ecclestone confirmed. “We changed because Australia has been around a long time and they wanted to maintain that. I hear they [Bahrain] are quite keen [to be first again]. We need to have a good look at it.”

Ecclestone also revealed that he was happy to offer an extended contract to the Bahrainis, who will be celebrating a decade in F1 next season.

The first Middle East country to open its doors to the grand prix crowd still has three years to run on its existing deal, but Ecclestone sees no reason to hold back, despite the political unrest that has blighted the past three visits.

"I feel they do a super job and we're more than happy to give them a new contract for five years," he insisted "I don't see any problems."

Reports also suggest that Bahrain could push for a night race to celebrate its tenth year, but securing a new deal would be the first priority.

"We're still contracted to 2016, but obviously we are willing to look beyond that," Alzayani said, "We've not started negotiations yet, but we are happy to look at it. The intentions are definitely there. We're committed to the sport, we are here for the long term, and we want to be known as the friendly race. Hopefully we can sign something this year."



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