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Bahrain drops plans to reschedule F1 race
10 June 2011
Organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have admitted that any hopes of the race taking place in 2011 are over after confirming that they won't pursue a new date on the calendar.
The FIA announced last week that Bahrain would return to the calendar on the date set aside for the Indian Grand Prix, which in turn would be moved to December and a new position as the season finale.
Teams reacted to the news by saying they were against the plans due to the logistical nightmare it would create, with Bernie Ecclestone also saying that he didn't feel the race would take place without unanimous support from FOTA.
With FIA president Jean Todt then saying he would ask Ecclestone to resubmit a calendar in the wake of FOTA's complaints, the Bahrain circuit has moved to end the speculation for good by revealing it is no longer seeking to reschedule the 2011 race, which was cancelled earlier in the year due to political unrest in the Gulf State.
“Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council's decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision,” circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said. “Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of Formula One, from pioneering F1 racing in the Middle East, to helping other countries in facilitating their own races in new territories, as well as providing our own unique experience and universal welcome to Grand Prix supporters.
“Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extend the calendar season detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.
“We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year's decision will be a disappointment. We would also especially like to thank the FIA, FOM, The Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and the teams for all support and understanding they have extended to us at this time.”
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