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Bahrain F1 race may be moved to Oct 30

Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone hints that India GP could be moved to end of season

Bahrain F1 race may be moved to Oct 30
Bernie Ecclestone, Formula 1 commercial chief

Bahrain could stage their postponed Formula 1 race on October 30, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said.

The F1 boss said the Indian Grand Prix could be moved from October to a season-ending December slot if Bahrain is reinstated on this year's calendar.

"Yes, we are having a look at it," the 80-year-old Briton told Reuters at the Spanish Grand Prix when asked about a possible date change.

"Everything's possible. We could do (move the Delhi race to the end of the season), yeah," he added. "I'm not sure at the moment what I'm going to do. Everything's up in the air. I haven't decided about it. We'll see if we have to go to Bahrain."

India's first Grand Prix is due to be held at a circuit near New Delhi, with Abu Dhabi and Brazil the last two races.

The Bahrain race was due to open the season on March 13 but the race was postponed because of civil unrest that has killed at least 29 people since protests started in February.

The Gulf kingdom's ruler said earlier this month that a state of emergency, imposed in March after Saudi-led troops arrived to help clamp down on protests, would be lifted on June 1, two days before a decision is due on rescheduling the race.

Bahrain F1 authorities have also indicated they are ready to hold the race.

"If it was up to us, we are ready," Zayed Rashed Al Zayani, chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, told Autosport magazine.

"We are happy to have it. We are ready to host it. But unfortunately it is not our decision alone. There are many factors involved. We are hoping for the best and would like to have the race back.

"It was our decision at the beginning of the year to postpone the race because there were more priorities happening in Bahrain. Things are calm now, life is back to normal.”

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