June.10 – The Bahrain GP organisers abandoned their tactics to host a F1 in 2011 following pressure from the teams in latest days. Last Friday the FIA World Motor Sport Council agreed to recall the Bahrain GP on October 30 in place of India that in turn was set to be rearranged for December. But, earlier this week the teams wrote to the FIA, Formula One Management and the Bahrain organisers saying there were not willing to extend the calendar and would not agree to the date changes.
“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,” he said. “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 extend the calendar season [and] detract from the enjoyment of F1 for drivers, teams or supporters,” added Alzayani. “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 and the teams for all support and understanding they have extended to us at this time.”
Now India will be return in its October 30 position with the Bahrain GP set to return as the 2012 season opener.
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