The F1 teams must unanimously approve the Bahrain Grand Prix’s new place on the F1 calendar, according to former FIA president Max Mosley.
Speaking to the BBC this morning Mosley said: “You cannot change the calendar in the way it is proposed to change without the unanimous agreement of the teams.
“The teams that participate, if there’s going to be a change, for example moving the Indian event, there has to be unanimous agreement. It’s absolutely part of the rules, it’s article 66 of the International Sporting Code.
“So until the written agreement of the teams is forthcoming, you can’t actually change the date. It can’t be done”.
The article in question states:
No amendments shall be made to the Supplementary Regulations after the beginning of the period for receiving entries, unless unanimous agreement is given by all competitors already entered, or by decision of the stewards of the meeting for reasons of force majeure or safety (see Article 141).
Article 65 notes the Supplementary Regulations must include the “place and date of the meeting”. (View the International Sporting Code on the FIA website [PDF]).
The World Motor Sport Council decided on Friday that the Bahrain Grand Prix would take the place of the Indian Grand Prix on October 30th, and the Indian round would be moved to an unspecified date at the end of the year.
Mosley was sceptical about the inspection team sent to Bahrain by the FIA, headed by the vice president for sport Carlos Gracia:
“They sent someone to look at Bahrain. The gentleman they sent, a very, very nice man called Gracia, speaks no English and, as far as I know, speaks no Arabic.
“He was then taken around by the representatives of the government and, of course, had no knowledge of what was really going on and, above all, obviously didn’t ask to see the sort of people like a human rights lawyer would have asked to see”.
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