The Bahrain International Circuit has denied any formal decision has been taken regarding its hosting of the prestigious Formula 1 World Championship season opener in 2008.

It had been announced today that traditional round one venue Australia would instead host the second round of the season, with Bahrain regaining the slot it held for one season in 2006.

However, that was originally confirmed by the Australian Grand Prix Corporation, BIC Chief Executive Martin Whitaker has insisted that neither the calendar order nor dates have been decided for 2008.

"Until such time as the official 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship calendar is announced any speculation about the date of next year's Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix has to be discounted," he said. "Only when the official calendar is released will the Bahrain International Circuit be in a position to announce the date for the race in 2008."

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been on the Formula 1 calendar since 2004 and earned the right to host the season opener in 2006 when the Australian Grand Prix clashed with the Commonwealth Games also being held in Melbourne.



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