Teams have to approve new Bahrain date – Mosley

2011 Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

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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64 comments on Teams have to approve new Bahrain date – Mosley

  1. Russell said on 8th June 2011, 0:22

    Great editiorial by Chris Balfe over at Pitpass.

    “…one has to ask what sort of business can be so poorly managed that nobody appears to know what is happening or when. … This is rapidly turning into a farce of epic proportions, a cock up that will do irreparable damage to the sport and those associated with it. Someone needs to get a grip.”

    Time for Todt to fall on his sword.

  2. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 8th June 2011, 5:03

    So what language will Gracia speak??

  3. SPIDERman said on 8th June 2011, 9:35

    Max mosley must stop influencing F1 DECISIONS FROM OUTSIDE.
    He should leave Todt and the teams to decide..why is the BBC LOOKING FOR HIS VIEWS ALL THE TIME.?are they trying to influence F1 like they tried with football world cup with disastrous results?.
    sometimes BBC sucks..and by the way their formula one website is not loading up since yesterday morning.does anyone know why?

  4. Gerry said on 8th June 2011, 12:42

    Come back Mr. Max Mosley, all is forgiven. At least you are still up with the rules!!

    • BasCB (@bascb) said on 8th June 2011, 16:56

      Certainly not. His first period in office was OK, after that he sould have got out.

      I might disaprove a lot of things about how Todt runs the FIA, but he is very defenitely an improvement over Mosley. I would not even start to imagine how Max would have handled this, but I do hardly expect it would have been a lot more satisfactory.

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