Ecclestone says Bahrain race won’t happen in 2011

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Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

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Bernie Ecclestone has told the BBC the Bahrain Grand Prix will not happen this year.

Ecclestone said: “Of course it’s not on”.

He added: “The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants – they’re the facts”.

Yesterday Max Mosley warned the FIA’s plan to hold the race in October, announced on Friday, would have to be given unanimous approval by the teams.

Following that the teams told the FIA, FOM and Bahrain International Circuit they did not think it was feasible to hold the race this year.

Ecclestone added he hoped the race might be held in the future.

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86 comments on Ecclestone says Bahrain race won’t happen in 2011

  1. John H said on 8th June 2011, 12:54

    Didn’t the FIA talk to the teams at all before announcing the December date?

    What a ridiculous series of events managed by Todt in the most embarrassing way for F1. Awful.

    • bosyber said on 8th June 2011, 13:28

      Well, I thought that meeting in Monaco where reportedly the teams told the FIA they didn’t like it was exactly that.

      Only to be ignored. And now it’s again completely different, and Bernie seems to have forgotten why he voted for it with the rest.

      I am waiting for a horse whisperer column about it blaming the FIA for making this mess without saying what Ferrari’s team manager voted. It will be fun, in an embarrassing and cringe-worthy way, sort of like this whole thing.

  2. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 8th June 2011, 13:40

    I’ve been invited on BBC Radio 5 to discuss Bahrain this afternoon at 4:30pm (UK time). You can listen here:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/5live/

  3. Dan Selby said on 8th June 2011, 14:34

    That’s a big booking, Keith!

    Congrats ;)

  4. ‘Political Tool’ seems like a pretty good description of Mr. Ecclestone himself.

  5. Dan Selby said on 8th June 2011, 14:59

    Good luck! I’ll try and catch the show this afternoon.

    Also Keith when you get a moment (ha!) check out your emails :)

    Cheers!

    Dan

  6. The Limit said on 8th June 2011, 16:48

    Considering the backlash reinstating the grands prix caused and the fact that FOTA don’t want to do it, then its the right decision to abandon the 2011 Bahrain race. At the end of the day, its just a race and why put lives in jeapordy just for two hours entertainment?
    The real tragedy ofcourse is that the people of Bahrain have had to endure this terrible period inwhich people have been killed, and the last thing they are thinking of is the F1 World Championship. As I said back in March, I am sad that the race is cancelled, but there was no real alternative.
    Second, can somebody tell Max Mosley to keep his nose out!

    • beneboy (@beneboy) said on 8th June 2011, 18:07

      To be fair Max’s interview on the BBC the other day was very good and he made some good points that others within the sport appear to have forgotten about or ignored.

      I’m not a big Max Mosley fan but I was shocked to find myself agreeing with almost everything he had to say about this issue and as the former FIA President he does bring a certain level of authority when he makes comments to the general public (even if F1Fanatics don’t particularly like or respect him).

      • HounslowBusGarage said on 8th June 2011, 21:25

        Max is very persuasive – he practiced as a lawyer after all. But yes, I think you’re right, he seemed to make a lot of sense in that intewrview. He definitely has the kind of mind for detail and procedure. It must have made him very pleased to show tha his successors hadn’t even followed their own rules.
        That doesn’t mean he always make sense, I thought his recent argument for a privacy law that would have meant newspapers having to tell individuals before publishing articles about their private lives was ludicrous. He based is entire argument on the needs and requiremnents of celebrities and public figure without attempting to draw any defining line between celebrities and ‘ordinaries’.
        Had he succeeded, no newspaper would have been safe to publish any unannounced story about anyone lest they claim ‘celebrity status’ under Max’s rules and sue the paper.
        Also it would have allowed the super-rich (read Premier Footballers) to hurl bullet proof super-injunctions about with gay (or heterosexual) abandon.
        *Get’s down off hobby horse. Rant over.*

  7. Chaz said on 8th June 2011, 18:37

    Massive respect to Webber for having not being silent (and thus complicit)…

    • Sherlock said on 9th June 2011, 8:01

      I completetly agree.

      Let’s hope Mark speaks up on next years 8.April also.

      Just to be consistent and show he isn’t a selective hypocrite…

  8. Steve said on 8th June 2011, 22:12

    Only a week ago Bernie said it was on. Only a year ago he was poncing up the pit lane with the ruling family groveling to them.

    Now read this.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2000998/Bahrain-protests-Doctors-nurses-tortured-barbaric-crackdown.html

  9. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 9th June 2011, 2:19

    Some sense from Bernie, it’s better to work with Bahrain about 2012.

    • Sherlock said on 9th June 2011, 8:04

      Tell me what will change in F1 fanatic fans minds from 30. October till 2011.03.11?

  10. health drink said on 9th June 2011, 7:41

    why is this?

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