Archive for April, 2011

Bahrain has been an F1 fixture since 2006

The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix may be given more time to decide whether they are capable of holding a race in 2011.

Ecclestone had originally said a decision over whether the race could be rescheduled had to be made before May 1. That may now be extended.

“We need to wait a little bit. Things can change in a couple of weeks… so you don’t know,” he said in an interview with Reuters.

“All of a sudden everything might be peaceful in a month’s time and they are happy to run the event and so we are happy to be there.

“We need to wait a little bit to see exactly how progress is made. I suppose we’d be safe by early June or something like that,” he said.

But Ecclestone’s hope of a race at the Sakhir circuit may be dashed by the FIA.

A spokesman for governing body said “As far as we’re concerned a decision is still due on Sunday.”

“Because it’s a weekend it may be Monday morning that we announce the decision, but we haven’t spoken to Mr Ecclestone about any delay.

“The decision will be a joint one between the FIA, Formula One Management and theBahrainauthorities.”

Bahrain was due to hold the season opener in March but had to postpone in the light of anti-government protests and the threat to security.

It is expected that any rescheduled race would take place on November 20 – the week after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The season ending Grand Prix inBrazilwould probably be pushed back a week and into December should this happen.

The announcement comes on the day that four pro-democracy protesters were sentenced to death following the killing of two police officers.

Last week the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, turned down an invitation to the royal wedding in light of public protest.

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Button is currently third in the championship

Jenson Button has declared his intention to remain at McLaren for the remainder of his career.

The 2009 world champion joined the team on a three-year deal last year and is expected to sign a new contract over the summer.

“When I finish racing here, I won’t be racing in Formula 1 anymore,” Button told Autosport.

“I’m very happy here. I want to enjoy my racing and I’m really enjoying my time here. I can’t see any reason to be anywhere else.

“I’m driving for one of the best teams in the world. It’s a position that most drivers would love to be in and I’ve worked very hard for it. I might be around for three years, five years…I don’t know.”

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said the team were equally keen to retain Button.

“If Jenson says he is totally committed and wants to do x more years, then I suspect that we could quickly come to an agreement,” said Whitmarsh.

“He’s a tremendous asset to the team and when we get around to that, I hope that it will be a quick and easy conversation.”

Button enjoyed a fantastic start to his McLaren career after winning two of the opening four races in 2010 but his championship challenge faded and he eventually finished fifth overall.

His fourth place at the last race inChinameans the Brit has not won a race in over a year.

Button – a nine-time Grand Prix winner – got his F1 break with Williams in 2000 before moving to Benetton the following year.

He was replaced by Fernando Alonso for the 2003 season and joined BAR Honda. He stayed with the team until the end of 2009 after it morphed from Honda to Brawn GP.

Herman Tilke has designed many F1 tracks

The organisers of the Indian Grand Prix have officially named the new complex ahead of its inaugural race in October.

The new 5.14-kilometre Herman Tilke designed track will be known as the Buddh International Circuit.

The name is derived from the Gautam Budh Nagar district, near Greater Noida, which the track is situated in. It is around 40 kilometres fromNew Delhi.

The track is still under construction and is hoping to be granted FIA approval in August. Organisers are keen to avoid the Korean Grand Prix fiasco of last year where parts of the track were finished days before the event.

Tilke has designed several current race-tracks – includingMalaysia,ChinaandTurkey– with mixed reviews.

Indiahas never held a Formula 1 race before but the sport’s popularity is rising. Narain Karthikeyan became the first Indian driver in 2005 withJordan–now with Hispania – and ForceIndiawere the first Indian team to take to the grid in 2007.