Ecclestone to Rethink Bahrain GP Date

The wave of criticism which followed FIA's Friday decision to reinstate the Bahrain GP and set the date of the race for October 30 seems to have reached the ears of the Formula 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone who, hours before another decision on the matter is expected from the Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA), says that he might reconsider.

Set on keeping the Bahrain GP on the calendar for 2011, Ecclestone is now trying to make what appears to be a concession to his detractors. He told The Telegraph that Bahrain is here to stay for 2011, but the date of the event might be pushed in December, in a move that would bring the Indian GP back to its rightful place on October 30.

Moving the Bahrain GP to December would make sense given the tensions in Bahrain, allowing the FIA to cancel the race altogether should things go south in the region by that time. On the other hand, F1 teams have already expressed their disapproval for a prolonged season.

"The way things are at the moment, we have no idea what is going to happen. Better that we move Bahrain to the end of the season and, if things are safe and well, then that is fine, we can go. If they are not, then we don't go and there are no problems," the supremo was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

Moving the Indian GP back to its original date would also put an end to the speculation that the Bahrain GP was only a diversion meant to cover up the fact that the track in India is not yet ready to host a race.
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