No 2011 race, Bahrain organisers concede

The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have accepted that there will be no F1 race this year, with official FIA confirmation set to follow soon.

With heightened speculation that the teams, with Bernie Ecclestone now on their side, would boycott the event if it were to be staged on October 30, the FIA are set to announce that there will be no race in the kingdom this year.

This idea was reinforced by a statement this morning from the circuit’s chairman.

Bahrain circuit chairman Zayed Alzayani said: “Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th… it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision.

“We want our role in Formula 1 to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.”