F1 Teams Disagree with December Finale

Reacting to Bernie Ecclestone's idea of staging the last race of the season on December 11, in a bid to allow the return of the Bahrain Grand Prix to the calendar, Mercedes' Ross Brawn said that the date is not to the liking of several teams in the Formula 1, a position which has already been communicated to Ecclestone.

Determined to make the Bahrain GP happen this year no matter what (even despite requests coming from Bahrain that the GP in the country be canceled for the year), Ecclestone is now considering December 11 because in the weekend before that would be impossible to stage a race because of logistics.

Brawn as well, who says he is backed in this by more teams, is saying that an extension of the 2011 calendar is too much to handle. Aside for the exhausted teams that will show up at the final race, says Brawn, then there's the very short off-time left before the 2012 season starts, should the Bahrain race be held in December. A decision on the matter will be taken by FIA this Friday.

"It is getting too much,"
Brawn told Autosport. "Our guys have been working since January, we don't have test teams anymore, so the same guys have been working since January and we are asking them to work into December and that means there is no time for a holiday before Christmas and that would mean getting straight back in to it in January.

"So personally I think it is unacceptable and we've told Bernie that and he knows our opinion. If we continue to take those sort of approaches then we will run into problems because our people cannot be expected to work in that environment and situation, so I think it is totally unacceptable." 
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