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Bahrain Grand Prix will be cancelled without teams' support: Ecclestone

June 9, 2011 - London

Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone has admitted the Bahrain Grand Prix could be cancelled as the race cannot be rescheduled without the support of the teams.

Ecclestone had earlier backed moving the race to October 30 after the season opener had originally been postponed because of unrest in the country.

But now Ecclestone has admitted the race will not go ahead after 11 F1 teams objected.

"Hopefully there'll be peace and quiet and we can return in the future, but of course it's not on. The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants - they're the facts," The Telegraph quoted Ecclestone, as saying.

Ecclestone's comments come after the move to put the Bahrain race on in October, and move the race originally schedule for that date in India back until December - attracted widespread criticism.

That move was condemned by teams and drivers and also by human rights organizations, who were unhappy with claims by the sport's governing body, the FIA, that the situation had returned to normal in Bahrain.

Eleven of the marques, under the umbrella of the Formula One Teams' Association, wrote a letter to the FIA, Ecclestone's Formula One Management and the Bahrain International Circuit claiming they do not want to race in Bahrain this year.


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