Bahrain GP could move to November: Ecclestone

Last Updated: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 09:00

London: Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone revealed Thursday he is hoping to reschedule the cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix for November, making it the penultimate race of the season.

Ecclestone told the BBC in an interview that he had ruled out the possibility of the race being held in the summer months in Bahrain because of the soaring temperatures.

However, the Formula One chief said he was now looking at staging the race, cancelled from its season-opening slot in March because of civil unrest in Bahrain, on November 20, with the Brazilian Grand Prix shifting a week later.

Ecclestone said a final decision would be taken next Tuesday after a meeting of the World Motorsport Council of the FIA in Paris.

"I`m hoping beyond hope things settle peacefully and we find a slot later in the year," Ecclestone, 80, told the BBC. "If there is peace in Bahrain then we will be there, we will find a way."

Ecclestone said he was confident that the situation in Bahrain would allow for a race to take place.

"You never see anything about Bahrain on TV now," he said.

"We will have a look and see what we can do, how we can swap things around a bit. Maybe we can change it with Brazil, or something like that.”

"But forget August. It`s too hot for the public to sit in the grandstand at 40-odd degrees (Celsius)."

Ecclestone also confirmed that he supports a proposal to create "artificial rain" at circuits using sprinklers to give drivers an additional challenge.

"I`m happy to make it happen," he insisted. "I`ve got to get everyone to fall into line. My idea is that we should make a programme but that nobody knows exactly which one will be used.”

"At some time during the race it will be raining, maybe rain more than once. It`s a bit more than a sprinkler system.”

"We always have thoughts to do what we can to keep people entertained, we`re in the entertainment business."

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 09:00

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