Bernie Ecclestone, Sebastian Vettel, Barcelona, 2011

Ecclestone says teams support return to Bahrain

2011 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bernie Ecclestone says F1 teams are happy to race in Bahrain if they are able to put the race back on the calendar this year.

In an interview with CNN he said: “I think the teams are happy, yeah. If it’s all safe and everything’s good I think the teams would be happy to support it.”

When the race was originally postponed in February Williams’ Adam Parr said his team and possibly others would have boycotted the race.

Today Ross Brawn told Autosport said the teams had warned Ecclestone it would be “totally unacceptable” to re-schedule the Indian Grand Prix to December 11th to make room on the calendar for Bahrain.

Ecclestone said he would try to put the race on if the Bahraini government supported it:

“If there’s peace there and they’re happy, we’re happy to compromise and make things happen for them.”

Ecclestone explained there were several logistical obstacles to overcome in order to run the race:

“I don’t know. I mean, I haven’t been there, you get stories about these things. They’ve lifted this restriction, or they’re going to on the first of June, so we’ll have to see.

“It’s really a case of if the government supports it, allows people to travel, insurance companies are happy for people to be there like the teams, things like that.

Asked if he was concerned about the moral implications of racing in the country he said:

“We’ve always tried to keep out of politics and religion and things like that. I don’t really know and I don’t know if people have ever found out exactly what the problems are.

“All you can do is hear what people report. Sometimes these things are not reported that accurate. So I don’t know. I mean, if what you hear and read is true, I think we’d have to say we support the people against.”

He added F1 would not rule out racing in Bahrain this year:

“I think it would be difficult to do that but I think we’d have to sort of say ‘let’s do something to try to keep everybody peaceful'”.

2011 Bahrain Grand Prix

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