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Bahrain organisers ready to host Formula 1 Grand Prix

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Scott Webber, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have asked Formula 1's governing body to reschedule rather than cancel its race.

    The Gulf kingdom was scheduled to host the opening race of the 2011 season but it was called off amid civil unrest.

    Governing body, the FIA, will meet on 3 June to discuss the future of the race and, for the first time, Bahrain say they are ready to hold the Grand Prix.

    "We feel we are in position to have the event back," said Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani.

    Alzayani said he was hopeful it will be held in October or November to coincide with the Abu Dhabi GP on 13 November.

    If Bahrain is restored to the 2011 calendar, it has been suggested it could become the penultimate race of the season.

    F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is believed to be considering 20 November, the week after the Abu Dhabi GP, which could mean the season-ending race in Brazil, scheduled for 27 November, is moved back by a week.

    Ecclestone is considering moving the Indian GP back to 11 December - or cancelling it - in order to accommodate the return of the Bahrain race to the calendar.
    Bahrain's race had been scheduled for 13 March but was called off in February because of anti-government protests.
    Bahrain's Crown Prince made the decision to cancel the race, with Ecclestone commenting at the time that it was the right choice.
    "Things have calmed down tremendously in Bahrain. Life is back to normal. We are happy to have the race anytime really," added Alzayani.

    "We went through a rough patch and we need nice moments in our history now for the nation.
    "Formula 1 has always been a time where Bahrain showcases itself to the world not only as a sports arena but as society, a community that Bahrain as a nation has to offer. Formula 1 can bring back joy to the country."

    The decision on whether the race goes ahead, and when, will be made during Friday's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Barcelona.
  2. he may even consider cancelling the Indian GP for Bahrain?

    this guy is absolutly bonker's, as i read this i said all the name's under the sun believe me..... what an idiot we would all rather see a NEW Track on the Calender rather then seeing the same old tracks as per usual, what an idiot.... as much as bahrain is good and has some challenges i don't agree with him cancelling a new GP.
  3. Abdul Al-Amry

    Abdul Al-Amry
    2011 RD Indy 500 Winner

    I would be terrified to go there right now. Even if it calms down, who is to know what the locals are planning for that weekend F1 goes to Bahrain.
  4. And who knows what level of oppression the authorities will go to to create the illusion of calm. It's strange how Ecclestone's going to such lengths to be nice about Bahrain, to the extent that he'll mess around the Indian and Brazilian organisers. Don't the latter have contracts agreeing to host their GPs on specific dates?
  5. Rumour has it that Bahrain will come back onto the calendar at the start of the 2012 season as teams had issues with the dates proposed.
  6. Xosé Estrada

    Xosé Estrada
    Premium Member

    That really scares me, beyond F1, that we all love, are human rights and people's lives.
  7. Dont Cancel the India GP, it may be a great track. Bahrain is abit boring.
  8. this says it alll....

  9. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    What's the sense in cancelling a new GP in order to hold an old GP? What difference does that make?
    The Indian GP will probably bring in more revenue across the weekend anyway.

    Logistically, they should put Brazil back a couple of weeks, so they can hold Bahrain around the time that they're in the Eastern part of the world (Singapore, Japan, Korea, India, Abu Dhabi).

    Makes no sense to move races around so that the whole F1 world has to track to Brazil and back in the middle of it all.
  10. Think Bernie gives a damb about Human rights . all he is botherd about is F1 empire.

    Has he a soul ?
  11. Chris Jenkins

    Chris Jenkins
    Driving til the wheels fall off

    Yup. October 30th. Indian GP moved to the end of the season.
  12. Austin F1 Track has signed a 10 year F1 Deal... well that was confirmed last year but hey, 21 Tracks, a RECORD for F1.
  13. F1 Teams will discuss about the Bahrain GP, or should I say Borerain? I wish they protest again the decision. I don't want to see a race in a land that kicks human rights that open with their feet.
  14. You tracks equel more F1 in a ýear and it is just fantastic. :D
  15. The more races there are, the less special each one is. And it puts the staff under a lot more strain. Remember that the teams have only recently reduced their staff numbers to cut costs. No matter how much they love their jobs and F1, they still need time off.
  16. Then we can already scrap China, India, Abu Dhabi or even USA and Russia from the (present and future) calendars.
  17. Why do you sound like my father?:| xD

    But most of these circuits there are boring anyway.
  18. Yea, quite honestly I wouldn't mind having those scrapped too :p
  19. Given DRS and the new tyres, Bahrain will be one of the best tracks on the calender IMO.

    However they shouldn't be racing there this year atleast, safety wise.