Date: 11th April 2012 at 10:28am
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The future of the Bahrain Grand Prix is once again in the balance.

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone was still defiant in the press yesterday, claiming that there were no real concerns over the event taking place and claiming that the teams were happy to go to the troubled region.

He told the press: “None of the teams have expressed any concern to me – quite the opposite.”

“At this time, there are no indications it won’t go ahead.

“It’s really not up to me to decide whether it should go ahead or not. It’s up to the people in Bahrain to decide. At this time, they are not cancelling the event, so presumably they are happy.”


But while Bernie was trying to play peacemaker, the rumour mill regarding the teams was snowballing, right to the point where the BBC have this morning reported that they believe that the Formula One teams expect the Bahrain Grand Prix to be “called off”.

The Formula One Teams Association who of course do not run the sport and cannot even claim they have the backing of all the teams in Formula One after a number of high profile withdrawals over the winter, have released a statement, firmly putting the ball in the court of the FIA.

‘There’s been some media speculation recently to the effect the teams may seek to cancel this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix,’ said a statement from FOTA.

‘That wouldn’t be possible. Teams are unable to cancel grands prix.

‘We race in an international series called the FIA Formula One World Championship, and it is therefore for the FIA to offer the teams guidance on these issues.’


The teams are expected to hold a meeting with Ecclestone in China over the next couple days with the future of the Bahrain Grand Prix very much on the agenda.

 

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