Upon scribbling the preceding story prior to scouring ze internetz this morning – obviously I’ve come across the following news upon the Bahrain GP.
An official statement from the organisers reads as follows:
The Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) today announced that the Kingdom of Bahrain would withdraw from hosting this year’s F1 Grand Prix race so that the country can focus on its process of national dialogue.
Last Friday, Bahrain’s Crown Prince – HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa – initiated a new national dialogue involving all sections of Bahraini society in order to resolve the current political situation in the Kingdom. The Crown Prince informed Formula one’s Bernie Ecclestone of the BIC’s decision by telephone earlier today.
As it seems somewhat amazing – yet hardly surprising how everybody seems to be awash in Damage Control mode... With the FIA’s Jean Todt carefully sitting on the sidelines. (Publicly)
FIA “supports” the Bahrain GP decision
While Bernie Ecclestone still salivates over amassing his multitudes ‘O pounds by potentially hosting the Grand Prix at a later date this year...
The F1 calendar…
Thus, the Formula 1 teams will now scramble to readjust their final test programs with the final Bahrain Test Session (March 3-6) also having been cancelled. Therefore the last Test Session of the year will now take place once again at Barcelona on March 8-11 before all of the team’s machinery is packed up ‘N sent Down Under for the Australian GP on March 27 – which isn’t exactly in rosy financial health itself!
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