Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

FIA reveals Ecclestone’s 11th hour attempt to save Bahrain race

2011 Bahrain Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004
Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

The FIA has claimed Bernie Ecclestone was still trying to keep the Bahrain Grand Prix on the calendar as recently as yesterday.

According to a document published by the FIA today Ecclestone made a further attempt to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix for December 4th.

An FIA statement said: “The commercial rights holder (FOWCL) proposed to the FIA that the GP of Bahrain be rescheduled for 4 December, with the GP of India reinstated on its original date of 30 October.

“The FIA replied the same day, asking FOWCL to provide guarantees that any new date proposal is acceptable both to the teams and to the organisers in Bahrain”.

The day before Ecclestone had denied the race would take place in 2011, saying: “of course it?s not on”.

However the Bahrain Grand Prix organisers later withdrew their efforts to hold a race.

The FIA has asked the members of the World Motor Sport Council to re-confirm the original 2011 calendar, with the Indian Grand Prix scheduled for October 30th, via a fax vote to be received on June 14th.

The FIA also revealed details of how the voting was conducted at last week’s World Motor Sport Council meeting. A “vote by a show of hands, provoking no objections or abstentions” approved the calendar changes which would have moved the Bahrain round to October 30th and the Indian round to December 11th.

Among those holding a vote on the WMSC are Bernie Ecclestone plus team principals Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari) and Vijay Mallya (Force India).

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