Ecclestone unsure Bahrain GP will happen
8 May, 2011
May 8 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has admitted he is not sure if the Bahrain Grand Prix will be rescheduled for later in 2011.
Until now, the Formula 1 chief executive has been bullish about the event in the troubled island Kingdom, pushing recently for the rescheduling deadline to be extended to early June.
He met this weekend in Turkey with Bahrain’s circuit chairman Zayed Rashed Al Zayani, who reportedly said at Istanbul Park that Sakhir is now “ready” to host Formula 1 after months of civil turmoil.
“It’s difficult to say,” Ecclestone admitted on Saturday when asked about Bahrain’s chances of being slotted back into this year’s calendar.
“If they are happy to have the race, I am sure we are happy to be there,” he told Formula 1′s official website. “But we would need a guarantee that there won’t be problems.
“Right now I don’t know how anybody could guarantee that because it might be peaceful now, but who knows in the future?” he mused.
Ecclestone was more confident about earthquake and nuclear crisis affected Japan, insisting the Suzuka race scheduled for October is “not at all” endangered.