Ecclestone: No threat to the Spanish Grand Prix

Bernie Ecclestone has downplayed suggestions that the travel crisis caused by the exploding volcano in Iceland will not pose a threat to next month’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Much of Europe’s skies remain empty as planes remain grounded for a fifth successive day due to the dangers posed by the volcanic ash emitted into the atmosphere.

As a result, a large number of F1 personnel and equipment remain stranded in Shanghai, with limited options preventing many to return back to their bases.

There is also a worry that the shutdown of Europe’s airspace may threaten the team’s  preparations for the Spanish Grand Prix, with the crisis having already claimed the cancellation of the next round of the Moto GP championship in Motegi, Japan.

However F1-Supremo Bernie Ecclestone believes that there is no cause for concern and that the race will take place as planned, on May the 9th.

“I am sure everything will be all right,” he said.

“There is no question of cancelling the Spanish Grand Prix. Of course, it is causing everybody problems, but we will find a way to get everyone home.”