Bernie Ecclestone expects Bahrain decision on Tuesday
Bernie Ecclestone expects a decision to be made over the fate of the season-opening race early next week
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed the Bahrain Grand Prix could be postponed until later in the Formula 1 season or be cancelled altogether if unrest continues in the country.
Despite having a say on whether the race goes ahead, Ecclestone says he will support the advice of the country’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
When asked when a decision on the race’s future would be made, Ecclestone told the BBC: “Probably Tuesday. I haven’t spoken to the Crown Prince this morning so I don’t know what’s happened there. If anybody’s going to sort it out, he’s the guy to do it.
“He would decide whether or not it’s safe for us to be there. Let’s wait until Tuesday and see if this one’s going to take place before we decide what to do. Maybe we could postpone Bahrain or run it later in the year.”
If the race at the Bahrain International Circuit cannot go ahead on 13 March, Ecclestone insists a replacement venue will not be sought.
“Well they’re probably not ready, just to pop these things on just like that,” he said. “Let’s hope it will be all right as it’s already scheduled.”
The Foreign Office advised Brits against “non-essential” travel to Bahrain earlier in the week and despite the violence appearing to subside over the last 24 hours, many would not be insured as a result of the warning if they opt to go.
The FIA has yet to comment further since Jean Todt voiced concerns about safety last week before the violence escalated.