Bahrain Grand Prix officially dropped for 2011

2011 Bahrain Grand Prix

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

Bahrain International Circuit, 2004

The FIA has confirmed the Bahrain Grand Prix will not take place in 2011.

The World Motor Sport Council voted yesterday to revert to the previous version of the 2011 F1 calendar.

This restores the Indian Grand Prix to its original date of October 30th in place of the Bahrain round.

The WMSC originally voted 12 days ago to give India’s slot to Bahrain. The teams wrote to the FIA objecting to the decision, citing logistical and describing an extension of the calendar to accommodate an Indian round as “unbearable” for their staff.

Here is the updated 2011 F1 calendar.

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57 comments on Bahrain Grand Prix officially dropped for 2011

  1. Alf said on 15th June 2011, 17:47

    Good… And at this rate, I can’t see it happening next year either!

    • HounslowBusGarage said on 15th June 2011, 17:55

      Well that’s what I was wondering, too. If it has been dropped because the council think it’s insecure or unsafe or similar, does that mean that they will have to have another (rather more rigourous and objective) suitability inspection before it can be confirmed on the calendar for next year?
      Is Bahrain likely to be the 21st race that’s removed from the 2012 provisional calendar to make Todt’s preferred 20 races?

      • S.J.M (@sjm) said on 15th June 2011, 18:35

        Its certainly possible that they’d drop it from the calender, but it would have to be for security reasons and unrest amoungst the population that caused it to be dropped back in March. Ofc thats still 9months away and anything can happen between now and then.

        • Scribe (@scribe) said on 15th June 2011, 19:09

          It depends, if they cancelled it first time, they’d probably have to cancel it now. If we go back we’ll knows it’s coz they found and crushed them all. sigh.

          We’ll see when it comes round.

  2. MVEilenstein said on 15th June 2011, 17:47

    Government thugs hardest hit.

  3. slr said on 15th June 2011, 17:47

    FIA have finally had a reality check!

  4. Faraz (@faraz) said on 15th June 2011, 17:52

    I have noticed how people here were getting really angry for the fact that the Bahranian’s wanted to stage a Grand Prix. I remember those same people were going crazy because Silverstone was nearly dropped. Double Standards anyone???

    • Erik said on 15th June 2011, 18:02

      It was the Prince who wanted to stage it. A lot of his people probably didn’t agree with his decision.

      The Silverstone Grand Prix has a huge following. The Bahrain Grand Prix has not.

    • slr said on 15th June 2011, 18:03

      Well those incidents were under different circustances, so they’re not great comparisons. I personally wasn’t bothered about Silverstone, or angry about Bahrain.

    • Silverstone might as well go too

  5. sato113 (@sato113) said on 15th June 2011, 18:07

    seems strange on TV how the BBC still refer to Bahrain as ‘Round 1′ with ‘(cancelled)’ next to it. Then Australia was ’round 2′.

  6. sw6569 (@sw6569) said on 15th June 2011, 18:09

    The way F1 is being run right now, I half expect this decision to be reversed in a month.

  7. TED BELL said on 15th June 2011, 18:21

    Finally good news…

    Bahrain or as it should be called “Bah-ring” is amongst the worst of Grand Prix venues. The attempt to improve the track by adding more to the lap times with the “inner section” was an insult to not only the teams , drivers but us as fans.
    Still have to blame Senna and the need to design safe tracks that don’t test the cars or the drivers. Time has come to look at all events and remove those who have ruined great corners and driver challenges for the sake of safety. One down, who is next??

    • Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 15th June 2011, 18:45

      That’s not why it was dropped though. The circuit itself is pretty trivial in the overall scheme of things

    • GeeMac (@geemac) said on 16th June 2011, 7:14

      So Ted, if I’m reading your comment correctly, the high saftey standards in F1 is all Senna’s “fault”.

      I guess you are right, he was the only driver, in the entire history of motor racing, to ever have a serious accident. (My sarcastic tone is clear for all to see I think).

      • TED BELL said on 17th June 2011, 2:48

        The fallout from Sennas death put fear into many organizers and their events, who until that unfortunate day did infact have a few demanding corners that were a true measure of ones talents. The cause and effect of his death has made the challenge of F1 somewhat easier…

    • Mike said on 16th June 2011, 8:58

      Yeeeah! Lets take the safety back to the gloooorious 50’s!

      … Safety > all.

  8. PJA (@pja) said on 15th June 2011, 18:48

    It should never have been reinstated to start with.

    The way the Bahrain Grand Prix has been handled over the past month has been a complete mess and has damaged F1’s reputation.

  9. Ned Flanders (@ned-flanders) said on 15th June 2011, 18:51

    The question now is whether it will be back in 2012? I hope not, but presumably it will be.

    I don’t have some crazy vendetta against the country- I’ll be happy to see the race return, as soon as they stop mistreating their own people, and start moving towards democracy. But I won’t be holding my breath for that

  10. Mr. Veloce said on 15th June 2011, 19:59

    :( I was only looking forward to this year because of 20 races

  11. Mr. Veloce said on 15th June 2011, 20:03

    So I wonder what next years calender should be, I quite like a jumble in the racing order so if I was Bernie, I’d have let it gone like this:-

    Abu Dhabi

    Either that or take Bahrain, make it the first race, swap Australia and Malaysia around and leave it there.

  12. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 15th June 2011, 20:52

    I think FOTA pretty much put the nail in the coffin last week.

  13. Gnarly Racing (@) said on 15th June 2011, 22:07

    Is the state of emergency back on now?

  14. Russell said on 15th June 2011, 23:00

    It would appear that the Bahrain government has not learnt anything from the past few months as they push on with the show trial of 48 surgeons, doctors, paramedics and nurses.

    There’s a great opinion piece in The Independent by Robert Fisk that concludes:

    Bahrain is no longer the kingdom of the Khalifas. It has become a Saudi palatinate, a confederated province of Saudi Arabia, a pocket-size weasel state from which all journalists should in future use the dateline: Manama, Occupied Bahrain.

    Apparently it has so incensed the government of Bahrain that it apparently plans to sue The Independent for its reporting on the crackdown on protests in the country.

    Perhaps they’d be better taking a look at this video on how the Isle of Man police deal with protestors and youth on the streets.

    Don’t hold your breath for a Bahrain F1GP in 2012.

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