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FIA think about request of canceling Bahrain GP

June.09 – F1 governing body the FIA has told teams that it is now considering modify to the existing calendar, with FOTA having requested that the Indian GP is not moved to the end of the year. On Friday, the calendar was modified in order to allow for the return of Bahrain, which could now disappear once again. Bahrain GP originally scheduled for 2011 opening race, but race postponed due to civil unrest in capital city Manama. Following a visit to the country of FIA Vice President Carlos Gracia, who described the situation in Bahrain as ‘completely normal’, the race was placed back on the calendar for 30 October, therefore pushing India to an end-of-season slot of 11 December.

In answer to the modified dates, Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) representing all teams except Hispania emailed a letter to the FIA, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone plus the Sakhir International Circuit, insisting that the event should not return this year. FIA President Jean Todt has now acknowledged this request by stating that the calendar could again be changed by FOM in order to meet the teams’ demands.

‘The FIA always has at heart the smooth running of the Championship and the interests of the teams, and is always prepared to address any issues, however difficult, in a constructive manner,’ reads the letter from Todt to FOTA heads Martin Whitmarsh and Eric Boullier. I have listened to your last-minute proposals objections and have asked the Commercial Rights Holder to re-examine his calendar proposal, and if necessary, to resubmit a revised proposal to the World Council.

‘I hope that a satisfactory solution for everybody can be promptly reached, in the interest of the sport and all the stakeholders.’

Read in full: Response from FIA to FOTA
Read in full: Letter from FOTA to FIA


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