Date: 28th February 2011 at 10:58am
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It is looking increasingly unlikely that a gap for the Bahrain Grand Prix will be found for the 2011 Formula One season.

The race, which had been scheduled to be the opening round in this seasons World championship had to be called off due to political unrest in the country and in other countries in the region.

The event holders are keen to see the race rescheduled for later in the year, once the current situation in the country has been resolved, but F1 bosses do not appear to hold the same view.

Red Bull chief Christian Horner and Mercedes vice-president of motorsport Norbert Haug both believe a visit to Bahrain is unlikely this season.

‘It will certainly be a challenge to accommodate, But nothing is ever impossible,’ Horner told the BBC, ‘It’s a very busy calendar this year. Already now, at the end of November, we’ll have finished 19 races.’

While speaking to Germany’s SID news agency Haug added: ‘Finding the right gap in the firmly subscribed calendar is going to be a very difficult task, I don’t think it’s feasible. One must think first and foremost about the staff.’

The two main areas of the calendar that look like possible options are in between the Hungarian and Belgian Grand Prix?s in the summer break; logistically it would be a nightmare for teams, travelling from Europe to the Middle East and back again and it would also mean a trip to Bahrain in mid August, when the average temperature is around 38c!

It would also take away the only scheduled break for teams.

The other option would be after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and before the season finale in Brazil, for the teams this would be the best available option due to the proximity of the events, but it could possibly cause Brazil to reschedule by a week.

Neither option is ideal, to discuss what F1 should do, join the debate on the VitalF1.com forum.