Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010

Bahrain Grand Prix reinstated on 2011 F1 calendar

2011 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010
Start, Bahrain Grand Prix, 2010

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has reinstated the Bahrain Grand Prix to the 2011 F1 calendar.

The race will be held on the weekend of the 28-30th October when the Indian Grand Prix was originally slated to take place.

That race is now expected to take place at the end of the season, though it remains to be seen exactly when.

The earliest date it could occupy is December 2nd-4th, one week after the Brazilian Grand Prix. However, F1 teams have expressed reservations about extending the season.

According to an FIA statement:

Following a fact-finding mission undertaken at the request of FIA President Jean Todt, FIA Vice President Carlos Gracia visited Bahrain on 31 May 2011 to assess the situation in the country.

Meetings were conducted with the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Bahrain Motor Federation and Bahrain International Circuit, as well as other national and international organisations including Mr. Tariq Al Saffar at the National Institute of Human Rights. It should be noted that the recent announcement by the King of Bahrain has established a political dialogue and reconciliation process.

After considering all the factors and taking into consideration all stakeholders? concerns, the WMSC unanimously agreed to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix in the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship.

This decision reflects the spirit of reconciliation in Bahrain, which is evident from the strong support the race receives from the Government and all major parties in Bahrain, including the largest opposition group, all of whom endorse the Formula One Grand Prix and motor sport in the country.

The WMSC feels that reinstating the Grand Prix is a means of helping to unite people as the country looks to move forward, and also recognises the commitment made by the Formula One teams, their employees and families, and personnel associated with the Championship including the local team of volunteers who are so vital to the event.

The Bahrain Grand Prix will take place on 30 October, replacing the Indian Grand Prix, which will now become the final round of the 2011 Championship, combined with the FIA Annual General Assembly and Prize-Giving Gala.

The race organisers issued the following statement:

The head of the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) today welcomed the decision of the FIA (Federation Internationale de L?Automobile) World Motor Sport Council to reintroduce the Bahrain Grand Prix to the 2011 calendar.

The decision, announced by the FIA after the Council?s meeting in Barcelona, follows a FIA delegation visit to Bahrain to assess the situation in country this week.

Zayed R. Alzayani, Chairman of the BIC, said: “This is welcome news for all of Bahrain. As a country we have faced a difficult time, but stability has returned; with businesses operating close to normal, the State of National Safety lifted and countries removing travel restrictions.

“Collectively, we are in the process of addressing issues of national and international concern, and learning lessons from the recent past. By the time the Grand Prix arrives we will be able to remind the world about Bahrain at its best.

“The Bahrain Grand Prix has always been a source of national pride and it is an event than transcends politics. Not only does it receive strong support from the Government, but also from all major parties in Bahrain, including our largest opposition group, Al Wefaq, who yesterday endorsed both the BIC and motor racing in Bahrain.

“Importantly, it will also offer a significant boost to the economy. The Grand Prix attracts 100,000 visitors, supports 3,000 jobs and generates around $500m of economic benefit. Its positive effect will be felt throughout the country.

“On behalf of Bahrain, I would like to thank Bernie Ecclestone, Jean Todt and the FIA and the rest of the motorsport community for the support and understanding they have extended to us this year.”

Bahrain is a pioneer of motorsport in the region and the rescheduled Grand Prix will be the 8th hosted by the Kingdom since its inaugural race in 2004.

The confirmation the race will take place restores the calendar to its original 20-race length, the largest it has ever been.

Update: A muted reaction from Red Bull to the news:

“Red Bull Racing has acknowledged the FIA World Motor Sport Council?s decision to go ahead with the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix.

“We will go through the correct channels and discuss this decision within the appropriate forum with the other F1 teams and our fellow FOTA members.”

2011 Bahrain Grand Prix

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472 comments on “Bahrain Grand Prix reinstated on 2011 F1 calendar”

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    1. Couldn’t have said it better Homer.

      This will be the first race in decades I will miss on purpose.

      1. With any luck the championship will be all finished so have the teams won’t bother either

      2. Your loss…

        1. Really? If it was the Canadian GP then maybe it would be his loss, but missing out on a dull race isn’t necessarily a bad thing

      3. I know, let’s have an F1 race at Syria International Raceway or the Tripoli street circuit while we’re at it -.-

        1. Mind you, the Tripoli street circuit was really something back in the day. A proper circuit.

          1. its return has been long overdue

      4. Same here. I really hope the teams boycott this pathetic decision to go there. Idiocy.

      5. me too

      6. We will not miss you in Bahrain I am sure the race will be a huge success without both of you.

    2. To all those disagreeing, haven’t you thought what the people of Bahrain want? Aren’t you supporting us after all? Haven’t you thought that they might want to move on and reunite? We are tired of what we went through, we are tired of the West thinking that Bahrainis who are pro-govt did not suffer, and it was only the protesters that did. We were forced into this crisis, the protesters did not take our consent, we were thrown into the midst of chaos and anarchy with no choice. We woke up one day seeing our lovely peaceful island disrupted and torn because of ideologies that are not part of the Bahraini psyche. Nobody took our opinion, and when they did, we agreed with their demands, but simply did not agree with their abusive ways of going about them. We say no to sectarianism, we say no to illegal chaotic protesting, and say yes to reforms, dialogue, and justice.

      It’s easy to judge sitting in the other side of the world basing your judgement on what you see and read, but were you here to experience it? Live it? Be terrorized by it? And yet we are still pushing for unity and reconciliation after feeling that people who have committed the brutal crimes or murdering, injuring and conspiring against their own country. We know the difference between protesting and a war, and we were closer to war than simple protesting.

      Now every one has calmed down thank God. The opposition have calmed down and agreed to join dialogue, and they also agree that we need to rebuild what we have damaged help the economy. They have lent their support to the Bahrain GP! So if they people of Bahrain and the opposition all agree on wanting F1 back – why are people outside of Bahrain making this hard on us?

      We are trying to unite here people! It is already hard as it is, stop making it harder, and for once just wish us well!
      If the GP happens successfully it will be proof that Bahrain has overcome this difficult period, let us have that success story. Let Bahrain work out it’s own problems, Let us be

      1. I truly sympathize with True F1 Fanatics in Bahrain….

        But when you saw “We” you mean “You” and when you say “Bahrain” you tend to talk about the “Pro-government supporters.”

        The Bahrain government is trying to shut out all indications that it is still committing severe human rights abuses. Fortunately, enough trickles through that the reality can’t be hidden.

      2. “Let us be”

        The whole world knows that Bahrain has arrested, interrogated and abused schoolgirls and that it has also set out on a revenge campaign against medical professionals who treated protesters. So it is using fear and terror to subjugate its unhappy population (who have no representation). That has a name and when the circus F1 lands in Bahrain it will be legitimising Bahrain’s use of terror to repress its people.

      3. LAK please keep us updated on all the reforms as they take place (in practice not theory). Bahrain is far from the worst dictatorship (or absolute Monarchy) but arresting,torturing,beating and shooting the disadvantaged because they complain is not considered civilised, even the Americans have stopped doing it, and we don’t want to be complicit in it.

        1. I’ve just read an article in the economist (a newspaper I trust to be factual correct) about the political situation in Bahrain and it does not make good reading.

      4. @LAK

        The reason is not only all of the above, but more importantly, the circuit is rubbish and the races are boring.

        Id rather see a race around the M25 in rush hour.

    3. Nothing I can say apart from: Wrong decision.

  1. I believe this is the right decision. You can’t not go to make a statement, or for that matter go to make a statement. You can only go to stage a race if it’s deemed safe to do so, and it looks like that’s what we’ll have. Pleased. Perhaps now we can focus on the racing and nothing else!!

    1. MVEilenstein
      3rd June 2011, 14:33

      Pleased? Pleased that the government can now continue its human rights abuses against the opposition? Please that a quarter of the staff at the Bahrain Ineternational Circuit were fired, arrested, and beaten?


    2. It is impossible to not make a statement in this situation, going or not going will make one whether you want to or not. I believe this is the wrong statement.

      1. Spot on.

      2. One of the reasons I find this decision so rediculous is that, if they hadn’t gone, it woulkdn’t have even of had to be making a statement. It would have been easy to say no we’re not going because we can’t fit it in, no statement made or anything. But instead they go to extreme lengths, doing anything they can to make the race happen. That is one hell of a statement!

        1. Exactly right Jake. Just say “Bahrain’s spot was earlier in the year, everything else is locked in, sorry”, done and dusted.

    3. Well, yeah. Bahrain officials have deemed it safe.

      But will it be safe? And at wat cost in further oppression.

    4. So you’re saying that if there’s a place safe to race, no matter what the country is doing in terms of human rights and everything, you should go ahead and hold the race?

      That’s just lame. F1 came to Argentina when the social situation was at its worst. We had the Dirty War and the Grand Prix at the same time… but that’s alright, because it was “SAFE” to held the race.

      1. my first grand prix was the 1986 Hungarian GP. eventhough our country (Czech Republic) was invaded by the red army and remained there until 1989 when communism fell in Prague. i was still happy that F1 decided to hold the race. Despite the fact that people were oppressed, imprisioned and despite political situation. the average F1 fan behind the iron curtain was happy that they could see a live F1 race.

        you should first ask the local people if they want the race to happen before deciding for them. the fact that they are mistreated and misreoresented in the government does not mean they dont want the race to happen. its easy for you to take the politically correct view on it though.

        1. I think they want the race.becoz as i live here,there was astand at every mall and they said that who ever wanted the race back had to come and sign on a paper or far 15,000 have signed it and counting………

          1. Was there a stand asking who did NOT want the race because it gives support to the government?

            Don’t forget, F1 is not going back because the fans want it, it is going back because the Bahrain government is paying for it.

      2. That’s exactly what I’m saying, otherwise you’d quickly find there wouldn’t be many races on the calender at all. I don’t watch F1 to make political statements, I watch it because I love racing.

    5. I disagree. Bahrain had a a date. It missed it.

      Now its safe, we can go back next year.

      Strip out all the politics, and thats what youre left with. Going back next year. Its only fair, that if you can host the race when scheduled, then you do. If you dont, tough luck, heres your race fee back, well see you next year.

      1. For all the political arguments, this is surely the best response.

        Imagine if Silverstone was cancelled due to a sever weather event. Would they force it back in later in the year when the sun came out again? I think not.

        1. I suppose the closest analogue to that would be the 1985 Belgian GP at Spa, which was postponed after the track broke up and put on later in the year. But would the same happen today?

          It’s debatable whether civil unrest in the host country really falls into the same category, though.

  2. MVEilenstein
    3rd June 2011, 14:31

    Shame on the FIA, shame on Bahrain.

    I will not watch this race in any manner at all.

    1. Completely agree. The teams/drivers should take a stand and refuse to race… I certainly won’t be watching this one.

    2. First and foremost as an ardentF1 fanatic; i’m so elated the Bahrain GP has been restated!
      Secondly, i’m not in the business of worrying about other country’s internal affairs! Thats one damn reason while we’re (US)in this deficit – financing wars that are not sustainable and bringing home cuts that strain every tax payer!
      Thirdly, to all those that care otherwise; i respect your views and choices!

      1. MVEilenstein
        3rd June 2011, 16:21



        1. I wonder how many will. Its a tempting offer

          1. I will be. And I suspect Ned will. I hope others do as well.

        2. Yeah, everyone with morals make sure you boycott this one !

        3. Ditto

      2. I always thought you guys started those wars to get a. access to ressources and/or b. to use and be able to buy new weapons as they get the parties budget and the economy fired up with over 20% of spending!

      3. That’s right, turn a blind eye to fellow human beings suffering….you’re a wonderful person.

    3. +1

      Horrendous decision. People do realize Formula 1 isn’t ‘above’ politics in this case, right? Political repression of protesters, including circuit staff, has been used to ensure the race can go ahead and various people can make money. The idea that the race can anyway support the people of Bahrain is self-serving BS. Really disgusted by this.

  3. Let’s see what (if anything) the drivers have to say about it.

    1. they can do nothing about it

      Quote from Guardian :

      The Formula 1 teams are united in their opposition to the reinstatement of the Bahrain Grand Prix but concede that they would be legally obliged to attend should the World Motor Sport Council give the race the green light.

      1. Notice it uses the word “teams” not “drivers”.

        1. Bigbadderboom
          3rd June 2011, 14:53

          I think the sponsors reaction will be more relevant, their images are everything and whilst I, as any sane human being, would always support any group of peoples basic human rights, i’m not sure that not racing there would do that. But the sponsors and their image protection, takes sensativity to new levels. As Mad Max has already said, we should wait to see how many are removed from livaries.

        2. Prehaps all the drivers will get ill that week and be of sick.

      2. I did literally mean I wondered what the drivers would ‘say’ about it, not do to stop it.

      3. If my memory serves me correctly.. the teams were under contract to race the 1985 South African GP, but that did’nt prevent Ligier and Renault for boycotting it (kudos to them).

        If Mclaren, Ferrari or Red Bull.. even Renault or Sauber were to boycott it, the punishment for breaching contract wouldn’t be too large (just my opinion, i have no idea of the specifics of the contracts). Maybe a large fine? Even so, I as a team principal would rather have a spine, and a moral compass, than take the easy way out and blame a contract..

        Ligier and Renault have done it before.. It can be done again

        1. They will win more fans and respect that way than if they win the race

      4. That’s just rubbish though. If FOTA said we ain’t going that would be it.

        To all the teams I say Don’t Go.

        To everyone who thinks this is the wrong decision get on Twitter and Facebook and let the teams know you think it’s wrong.

        1. This is arguably FOTAs biggest test, will they stand utd or will the cave in and go a head and attend knowing its not what they really want to do.

    2. Expect them to be generally “happy that things have improved and looking forward to the race” come the Canadian GP press conference.

      1. That was the one slight disappointment from Buemi’s The Flying Lap appearance for me, that he already said that.

        1. Speed Damon
          3rd June 2011, 15:00

          What’s happening to the Indian Grand Prix then, Keith?

          1. Moved to december I think

          2. I guess Bernie will now hardball the Teams about not letting down the poor Indians who through no fault of their own ended up with a december spot.

            Only discussion will be about weather they can make it on the 4th or need an extra week to get it on the 11th December weekend.

          3. I think India will be the final race.

  4. The championship could well be decided by then, even if that’s not the case, I won’t be watching.

  5. So let’s see: the teams don’t want to go for various reasons, most importantly due to holidays and the political situation. The drivers don’t want to go (see Mark Webber’s recent tweets and who’s re-tweeted them … Jenson Button among others).

    But Bernie want’s to go … so they shall. Jeez :(

    1. MVEilenstein
      3rd June 2011, 14:39

      I suspect (and fear) most teams will go. Hypocrites, the lot.

      1. They are obligated to go, they would face tremendous penalties if they don’t go.

        1. I wonder what the penalties would be if they did a repeat of Indy 2005 …

          1. Bigbadderboom
            3rd June 2011, 16:31

            Completely different issue.

          2. They still attended the race for Indy, they took to the warm up lap, and DNS. They withdrew for safety issues, which the FIA were made aware of. In this case, the FIA have cleared the race as ‘safe’

  6. If the British GP had been postponed and then around a quarter of its employees arrested I don’t think there is a chance in hell that it would be reinstated, but then there isn’t a lot of nice government money heading to Bernie from this (and future) British GPs.

    He knows nobody believes his guff about money not being involved, but why should he care? Seems no one is going to do anything about it.

    1. I would rather suspect you are right about that. Guess where the difference is here.

  7. This is not a good thing to do for the teams December? They release there cars end of Jan/Feb and go testing in Feb seems far too long for a season!!!

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Indian GP never happens this season. It has been awfully quiet from india for a while now so I get the feeling that they were struggling to be complete the track.

  8. Jeeezzzzz…

    well i guess only bahrain royal family will fill up the circuit..

    wonder which team will not go there…

    1. Unfortunately the teams are obligated to go.

      1. Not obliged to race though.

        I wonder if any will pull out after the parade lap, or even set a time outside 107% on purpose as a protest.

        1. to be 107% outside of the time, someone would have to set a time…. I would love to see them simply start the race and come into the pits though.

          1. If nobody sets a time because everyone deliberately crashes or beaches themselves on kerbs on their out-laps, then everyone’s outside 107% because there’s no time to be inside 107% of. The teams would have to refuse to do practise as well for the technique to work though.

          2. @Alianora La Canta

            I would have thought that there would be no time to be 107% outside of?

            However either way, would it not be simpler for the teams to just agree to come in to the pits after the first lap?

          3. Kyle (@hammerheadgb)
            3rd June 2011, 16:28

            I’m sure that if no-one else took to the track to set a time in Q1, Hispania would be quite happy to… thus perhaps forcing Virgin’s hand, in turn Team Lotus? Williams? Toro Rosso? Sauber?

            Hispania aren’t part of FOTA, remember… I don’t see them having any qualms about going out to claim the 43 constructors’ points on offer if nobody else wants them.

          4. But Kyle, what is 43 points when all sponsors and fans will know them as the dirty team?

          5. your idea, while seemingly good is flawed.
            Once a car or team fails to qualify within the 107% it is then up to the FIA whether or not to allow them to race. Clearly the FIA would say yes to almost every team if HRT were the only team to set a time haha!

            But basically, by not setting a time under 107% a well established, race winning team will still have to race. fact.

          6. yes, oddly enough I’d also love to see them start then pull in to the pits like indy 2005. would be a strong (and funny) statement.

    2. I think that is why they put it on the Indian date and not in December.

      If it was the last race and championship decided (as it looks now) teams would be easier to boycot.

      I see the FIA ban teams for racing the Brazilian and Indian grandprix if they boycott the Bahrain race

      This is a pure financial decision nothing else – there is no other reason to go there. Civil rights violations, staff being arrested/beaten – public being surpressed and suddenly all is good for the publicity of F1 – yeah right

      1. If Vettel sews up the championship before then and Red Bull get the WCC as well, they could afford to take the moral high ground and not race.

        Given the way the championship has gone so far, can anybody bet against that not happening?

        1. Vettel needs to be ahead by 100 points or more to win the WDC by Korea. Red Bull needs to be ahead by 172 points or more.

          Vettel is leading by 58 points after 6 rounds – easily on pace to clinch on or before Korea. Red Bull is leading by 61 points – not quite on pace yet to win the WCC by Korea. But even then, they’d have a lead so huge, they can actually afford to miss a race.

    3. Silencer, you will find that like most mass protests, only a very small percentage of the population take part (probably less than 1%).

      The rest of the people just want to get on with their lives.

  9. As a long-time reader of this site, but never actually having contributed, I finally have found something that annoys me sufficiently for me to voice an opinion.

    I am absolutely appalled at this decision. It is the wrong one, and I hope that the drivers and teams find some way to make a stand against it, although I think they’ll find it difficult to do so.

    The only consolation I think we have is that the championship(s) look like they’ll be sewn up long before this travesty of a race occurs, so at least we won’t have to watch it to find out the result.

    1. Im glad that you’ve taken the oppitunity to voice your anger at this with those of us that have shown our dismay both today, and objections in the days leading up to this. Horrible descision by the FIA.

    2. Perhaps the drivers on the podium can “moon” the Royal Box.

  10. fudge this, fudge watching the race this is disgraceful.

  11. So dissapointed with the FIA. This is Such a bad decision.

  12. Yep, definitely won’t be watching this race.

  13. I’m amazed by this decision, even if we were to leave aside all of the moral questions of whether F1 should be racing there I can’t imagine how it will be safe to do so in October. The Foreign Office is still advising against all but essential travel and there are numerous reports of violent clashes between the government and opposition still going on.

    Its highly unlikely that the situation is going to improve dramatically over the summer so even if we ignore the human rights abuses the race should not be going ahead.

    1. Unfortunatley, the FCO have re-issued their advice just this week (coincidence???)

      So now the teams (and their insurance companies) have no recourse to question the safety of travelling to Bahrain.

      I would be interested to know how far the teams can/would go to force their drivers to turn up. I appreciate that there would be financial penalties for the teams not to show up, but is there anything in the Concorde agreement about which drivers actually race the cars?

      1. Given that F1 is a locus of tension in Bahrain, I can envisage another state of emergency being declared closer to the time.

        The regulations state that teams can use up to 4 drivers, so if both current drivers decline to race in Bahrain, teams can replace them provided they’ve not had any injuries or such (force majuere may be invoked otherwise, since despite contracts, the courts cannot force someone to do what they don’t want to do).

        However, the CRB means that drivers contracted to do the whole of this season will also have to do Bahrain or else compensate their teams.

        1. I would certainly expect the race to be used in any discussions about reforms there might be in Bahrain as a method of putting the pressure on.
          Resulting in stalemates and a renewed crackdown when these break down, for lack of agreement on any serious reforms. Making the GP date the focus of a tense situation once again.

          Hard to believe any good can come of this. I hope Bahrain supprises us, but do not have a lot of faith in that.

        2. since despite contracts, the courts cannot force someone to do what they don’t want to do.

          They most certainly can. That is what contracts are for.

          1. Contracts can’t make folk do things they think are morally wrong – teams can sack drivers who refuse to race but no driver can be MADE to drive in Bahrain.

  14. They can hold it, but I don’t have to watch it.

    1. Mr Anderson
      3rd June 2011, 15:34

      I completely agree. I have watched every F1 race on TV for many years, but I have absolutely no intention of watching this one. As most of F1s revenue comes from TV, if nobody watches it, then they won’t go back.

    2. The only thing Ecclestone cares about is his wallet. The only way to hit him is by not watching and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

      (bleep) you FIA, (bleep) you WSMC, (bleep) you Bernie and (bleep) you Bahraini Government. This race is a (bleep) disgrace.

      1. Bahrain will pay him more than we ever will.

        Follow the money. Always follow the money.

  15. I don’t agree with this but this whole time I have been thinking of a dilemma F1 finds itself in.

    If they’d decided to not go…. what happens next year? Why is it unacceptable for them to go in October-November-December 2011 but fine in March 2012? Because I have a hard time accepting that if Bahrain had been left out for this year that people would have felt as strongly about staying away come next year if the country stayed out of the news.

    Again I don’t think they should go there while the country still has issues and I mean for this post to be more a discussion point than anything.

  16. Given the Indians were supposed to be supported by some 400 Bahraini Marshals, they might not have had much of a chance to oppose postponing their event.
    What to do with those concerts planned to go along with it, not to mention the great weather varying between 2-19 degrees in the region in December. Alternatively will they now drop the Indian GP, or just push the teams not to let down India. With FI, HRT, Team Lotus all looking a lot at India it will be a hard choice to let them down.

    I put this down as money and corruption winning over sensibility. Bernie wants money, Todt needs the backing of his middle east vice president.

    An altogether despicable desicion right in line with the normal way of doing things in sports governing bodies. Like the FIFA giving the World Cup to Quater for its great football tradition. And IOC believing China will improve its human rights agenda and not be as corrupt as Salt lake city was.

    Good luck Bahrain in making sure you really do make inways towards those reforms and have a united country there come end of October. Or face a major cock up with possible protests or even attacks on the people visiting.

    1. Couldn’t agree more about money and corruption superseding common sense. I guess the Indian GP is done for this year. I really doubt the weather in December will permit a race to take place out there, and I’m pretty sure a lot of the teams will have objections as well.

      I really do not want to argue about the political aspect of the race in Bahrain. I was really looking forward to the race here in India, but Bernie had to poop on this parade as well.

    2. By October, Bahrain will either have to be a merry wonderland or they’ll have the world’s press looking ever so more closely. Either that or they have to put F1 in an even more splendid isolation than it already is.

      We can however be sure of one thing now. F1 is as prone to politics as every other aspect of life. This is very reminiscent of the Olympics in Beijing as you say. There is no apolitical stance when human rights are in peril at a greater or lesser degree. Forget learning from the past, clearly the world is not as enlightened as one could hope. It’s a shame the 20th century seems to have passed in vain.

      1. sid_prasher (@)
        3rd June 2011, 21:50

        very well said!

    3. Totally agree with you. That smell wafting from this FIA decision certainly reminds one of FIFA.

      I look forward to seeing the upcoming discussions and reforms which have been promised by the governing royal family.

    4. Mark Hitchcock
      3rd June 2011, 15:07

      Regarding money. Surely this is going to cost Bernie, Todt etc, money rather than make them any.

      You’d think they’ll have to compensate India for moving or cancelling their Grand Prix, and the same goes for Brazil who will have paid a premium to have the season finale.

      So even without the obvious lack of morals this decision displays, it also seems to make no sense financially either.

      1. Bernie… compensate …. India?


        Bernie doesn’t do compensation.

  17. They had there slot in March.

    They Missed that slot in March.

    That should of been an end of it, no race for them in 2011, instead of bending over backwards to accommodate them.

    1. I agree but when theres money involved Bernie will do anything.

  18. How many people do you guys expect to attend the race? I expect lower then Turkey, and thats even if they give out free tickets…

    1. Or they force them to attend by use of death threats!

      1. LOL. Anyone not smiling, or having a good time at the race will be imprisoned.

      2. Well, I suppose all the people LAK mentions using the WantBahrainF1GP (or what was it) twitter hashtag could be invited. There will be enough people in Bahrain to pack the circuit, I’d think. But I do not intend on watching it on tv.

  19. Well well. The teams are now legally obliged to the Bahrain GP.

    So lets petition FOTA to withdraw all the regular drivers and forfiet constructors points. I do not wish this event to affect either championship, this is a disgraceful move by the WMSC and Bernie. I sincerly hope that not one person tunes into this Grand Prix either.
    Bernie and Bahrain may have got their race, lets make it an empty race watched by nobody the world over.

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