Teams call for Bahrain ban

Posted: June 7, 2011 in 7, Bahrain, June, News
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Bahrain may still be desserted in October

Ten F1 teams have written to the FIA today to demand the rescheduled 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix is cancelled again.

Last Friday the FIA announced theBahrainrace would go ahead on October 30 with the Indian Grand Prix moving back to December.  

The teams which are all members of FOTA – except Hispania – said in a letter that the addition of another race weekend is not feasible.

Earlier today it was thought that teams would accept the race takingIndia’s new date (December 11) but this move seems to suggest otherwise.

A FOTA spokesman would not officially give details of the contents of the letter, saying simply: “The teams expressed their views in a letter.”

The letter says that the idea of adding a 20th race in December would be “unbearable to our staff”.

December traditionally is the month of relaxation and finalising car production for the following season.

The complaint is understood to be one based on logistical grounds, rather than moral grounds given recent events inBahrain.

The race was due to be the season-opener in March, but was cancelled a month in advance due to safety fears.

The matter has become subject to parliamentary discussion in the House of Commons.

Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “Formula 1 has not done itself any good by what has been announced. The important thing is to encourage all sides to get back into a real dialogue.”

Sir Menzies Campbell, the Lib Dem leader, said the decision was “simply shameful”.

Max Mosley, former FIA president said the FIA is effectively powerless to stop FOTA’s demands because all teams must accept any planned changes to the F1 itinerary.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: “I will be astonished if the event goes ahead. I don’t think it will happen.”

Mosley appears to have an unlikely ally in Bernie Ecclestone who does not believeBahrainis in position to host a race in October.

He said he would prefer to move the date to the final weekend of the season – instead ofIndia.

But today’s move by FOTA is unlikely to herald such a move.

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