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Ecclestone eyes November slot for Bahrain GP

Provisional move to nearer end of season would give Gulf state more time to prepare

Ecclestone eyes November slot for Bahrain GP
The Bahrain race looks set to be run back-to-back with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

The Bahrain Grand Prix will return to the calendar in November next year, according to a proposed schedule submitted by Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone.

The Bahrain race looks set to be run back-to-back with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, according to Autosport magazine.

Ecclestone’s plan sees Abu Dhabi hosting its event on 28 October, with Bahrain staging its race on 4 November.

In previous years, the Bahrain event has been held in March, although it was cancelled in 2011 due to political unrest in the country.

The move to later in the year would allow Bahraini authorities an extra nine months to ensure that conditions are right for holding the race.

Instead, the 2012 season is likely to start with the Australian grand prix, with Istanbul, which has hosted a race since 2005, dropping off the calendar.

Ecclestone’s schedule is provisional, but if there are no major complaints from the F1 teams, it could be approved by governing body the FIA later this year. 

Last month, Bahrain’s motor racing circuit chief said that he could not guarantee whether the island would see a grand prix in 2012.

“I don't know when the race will be held next year. It's not our call," Zayed Alzayani told a British newspaper.

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