Bahrain accepts cancellation of Grand Prix

Last Updated: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 08:09

London: Bahrain Grand Prix organisers accepted the cancellation of their postponed Formula One race after teams objected to it being rescheduled in October.

"Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th ... it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision," circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said in a statement.

"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," he added.

The race at the Sakhir circuit had originally been scheduled as the March season-opener but was postponed after bloody unrest and a crackdown on anti-government protesters in the Gulf kingdom.

After giving Bahrain months to decide whether they were in a position to hold the race, the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced last Friday that it would be rescheduled for Oct. 30.

The inaugural Indian Grand Prix that had been scheduled for that date was moved to Dec. 11, but will now revert to the original slot.

Last week`s decision triggered outrage among human rights campaigners, with more than 455,000 people signing an online petition calling on champions Red Bull and others to boycott the Bahrain race.

With any change in the calendar requiring the unanimous written agreement of the teams, who wrote to the FIA and commercial rights holder Bernie Ecclestone to express their opposition, cancellation looked inevitable.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 08:09

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