‘Of course it’s not on’, says Bernie on Bahrain GP

Race cannot be rescheduled without green light from F1 teams, says Ecclestone
‘Of course it’s not on’, says Bernie on Bahrain GP
By Joanne Bladd
Wed 08 Jun 2011 04:52 PM

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said Bahrain’s reinstated Grand Prix cannot go ahead in October following a mutiny from the F1 teams.  

All but one of the 12 teams objected after the Grand Prix, first scheduled as the season-opener in March but postponed due to civil unrest, was rescheduled to take place on October 20.

“Hopefully we can return in the future, but of course it's not on,” Ecclestone said in an interview with BBC Sport. “[It] cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants.”

At least 29 people were killed in political protests that gripped the Gulf island kingdom since February, prompting Bahrain to impose a state of emergency and call in Gulf troops.

The FIA’s decision last week to award India’s slot on the 20-race calendar to Bahrain and move the New Delhi race to 11 December sparked protests from teams, human rights agencies and senior F1 figures.

According to BBC Sport, the teams wrote to the FIA under the auspices of their umbrella group Fota to say they are opposed to the Bahrain race going ahead in 2011.

The letter says that the idea of adding a 20th race in December would be “unbearable to our staff”, the news outlet said.

The ruling body needs the approval of the teams before making changes to the racing calendar.

Max Mosley, former head of the FIA who left office in 2009, said earlier this week there was “not the slightest chance” the Grand Prix would go ahead.

"Until the written agreement of the teams is forthcoming, you can't actually change the date. It can't be done," Mosley told BBC radio.

Ecclestone said: ‪”Hopefully there'll be peace and quiet and we can return in the future, but of course it's not on. The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants - they're the facts.”

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