Bernie Ecclestone has said he will leave it up to the Crown Prince of Bahrain to decide whether next month’s season-opening race goes ahead.
Ecclestone told the BBC:
“He will know whether it’s safe for us to be there.
“I’ve no idea. I’m not there, so I don’t know. We won’t advise people to go unless it’s safe.”
The Crown Prince is the son of Bahrain’s king Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah.
Protests against the country’s ruling monarchy in recent days have seen several fatalities as the police have fired live rounds at the demonstrators.
Update: Many of you know F1 Fanatic reader LAK, who lives in Bahrain. Make sure you read LAK’s view on the situation in the forum here: A Bahraini F1F, the Bahrain GP and how we see it.
2011 Bahrain Grand Prix
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- FIA reveals Ecclestone’s 11th hour attempt to save Bahrain race
- Bahrain drops bid to host race in 2011
- FIA asks Ecclestone to submit new 2011 calendar
- Ecclestone says Bahrain race won’t happen in 2011
- Teams have to approve new Bahrain date – Mosley
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- Bahrain Grand Prix reinstated on 2011 F1 calendar
- Ecclestone says teams support return to Bahrain
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