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FIA statement on rescheduling of Bahrain Grand Prix
3 June 2011
The FIA has released an official statement confirming the rescheduling of the postponed 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix, which will now be held on 30 October – a resolution reached by the governing body's World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) in Barcelona today.
The statement reads as follows:
'Following a fact-finding mission undertaken at the request of FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Vice-President Carlos Gracia visited Bahrain on 31 May, 2011 to assess the situation in the country. Meetings were conducted with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bahrain Motor Federation and Bahrain International Circuit, as well as other national and international organisations including Mr. Tariq Al Saffar at the National Institute of Human Rights. It should be noted that the recent announcement by the King of Bahrain has established a political dialogue and reconciliation process.
'After considering all the factors and taking into consideration all stakeholders' concerns, the WMSC unanimously agreed to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.
'This decision reflects the spirit of reconciliation in Bahrain, which is evident from the strong support the race receives from the government and all major parties in Bahrain, including the largest opposition group, all of whom endorse the F1 grand prix and motorsport in the country.
'The WMSC feels that reinstating the grand prix is a means of helping to unite people as the country looks to move forward, and also recognises the commitment made by the F1 teams, their employees and families, and personnel associated with the championship including the local team of volunteers who are so vital to the event.
'The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on 30 October, replacing the Indian Grand Prix, which will now become the final round of the 2011 championship, combined with the FIA Annual General Assembly and Prize-Giving Gala.'