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Bahrain GP team says ready to host Formula One race

Life has ‘returned to normal’ under martial law, Bahrain is ready to host race

Bahrain GP team says ready to host Formula One race
The Bahrain Grand Prix was scheduled to be the F1 season-opener on March 13, but was cancelled in February as protests spread across the kingdom

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers said they are ready for the
Gulf state’s scrapped Formula One race to return to the industry racing
calendar.

The Bahrain Grand Prix was scheduled to be the F1
season-opener on March 13, but was cancelled in February after widespread
political unrest took hold in the Gulf kingdom.

But officials now say the country is stable enough to host
the high-profile 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.”

Bahrain imposed martial law in March and invited troops from
Sunni-led Gulf neighbours to help quash weeks of protests by pro-reform
demonstrators.

At least 13 protesters and four police were killed during
the clashes, at least three of whom were run over by cars around March 16.

The Gulf state has been given a deadline of June 3 by the International
Automobile Federation (FIA) to decide whether it can host a Formula One event
this year.

Formula One’s commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said this
month that Bahrain could be slotted into the race calendar in October or
November if a decision was made by early June.

“We need to wait a little bit to see exactly how progress is
made," the 80-year-old said, adding that it might be "bye-bye
Bahrain" but a decision was not imminent.

Pro-democracy activists in Bahrain wrote an open letter to
Ecclestone in April asking him not to reinstate the Gulf state’s race until the
government ends its crackdown on protesters.

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Faris Khan 9 years ago

No a chance in hell to have F1 Grand Prix in Bahrain at all ,unless of course Bernie has lost even more of his marbles.

Zippy 9 years ago

Bernie doesn´t care as long as he gets his money.

F1 for Bahrain GP 9 years ago

It’s full of lies that the country is stable now and I think it will not be for at least the next one to two years from now.

keenObzerver 9 years ago

I was in Bahrain last weekend.
Apart from the odd armored vehicle at major crossroads, it business as usual in bahrain, the malls, restaurants, cafe's, and cinemas are doing good business, people are going to work, and kids are in school.
Unless a major event happens in the next few months, there is no reason why Bahrain cant have the race in October.

Victor 9 years ago

please ignore my previous comment.. i just refreshed my page to read the entire write up and noticed the Oct-Nov proposed slot by Bernie...
my bad

Victor 9 years ago

What about the heat!! I was at Bahrain GP in 08 which was in March and it was hardly bearable... .... it will have to be closer to Nov with the Abu Dhabi F1 for a better chance to have a crowd.. .also will give the Bahrain political situation a bit more time to simmer down
A race is nothing without the fans and F1 is all about the money - aka fans money !

Reality Bites 9 years ago

Excuse me... I can give you at least ONE reason why Bahrain shouldnt have the race, just go take a look at the vilages! Just go to the hospital ! Business as usual is just a "mirage"