Bahrain drops bid to host race in 2011

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Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have said they “will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season”.

Circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said: “Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council?s decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision.

??Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of Formula One, from pioneering F1 racing in the Middle East, to helping other countries in facilitating their own races in new territories, as well as providing our own unique experience and universal welcome to Grand Prix supporters.

“Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extends the calendar season detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.

??We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year?s decision will be a disappointment. We would also especially like to thank the FIA, FOM, The Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and the teams for all support and understanding they have extended to us at this time”.

On Thursday the FIA asked Bernie Ecclestone to submit a revised calendar following the team’s objections to the reinstatement of the Bahrain race.

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57 comments on Bahrain drops bid to host race in 2011

  1. Fixy (@fixy) said on 10th June 2011, 12:36

    The only days they could have held the race on were the 11th-13th March 2011. When they lost those days, the race was over for the season.

  2. reddevilandy10 said on 10th June 2011, 12:44

    Good news.

    On a purely racing perspective… No one really likes this track and I’m not a big fan of it either. Can’t it just be scrapped altogether?

  3. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 10th June 2011, 14:01

    A very mature decision from the organisers. A nice statement too. I will be happy to see it back in 2012.

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