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Bahrain rescheduling decision to be taken on May 1 08 Mar 2011

Sun sets over the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Preparations, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Thursday, 11 March 2010 Crown Prince Shaikh Salman bin Isa Hamad Al Khalifa talks with HRH King Juan Carlos of Spain and Emilio Botin (ESP) President Santander on the grid.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 14 March 2010 Aerial view of the circuit.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Race, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Sunday, 14 March 2010

Following a World Motor Sport Council meeting in Paris on Tuesday it has been announced that a decision on the possible rescheduling of this year’s Bahrain Grand Prix will be postponed until May 1.

The Sakhir race was due to take place from March 11-13, but the Kingdom of Bahrain withdrew from hosting the opening round of the 2011 FIA Formula One World Championship in order to focus on a new process of national dialogue to resolve the country’s current political situation.

The season opener will now take place in Australia from March 25-27.

On May 1 Bahrain’s Crown Prince - HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa - is expected to inform the FIA about the possibility of hosting a race in the country, and then together with Formula One Management, the FIA will make a final decision about a new slot for the race during the 2011 season.

Formula One group CEO Bernie Ecclestone had hoped a new date could be settled on before the season got underway, but given the circumstances, it was mutually agreed that a final decision would be made in May.

When asked recently if the calendar’s 20th race could be held somewhere else, Ecclestone said: “We don’t need an alternative race anywhere in Europe or any other place. We need a race in Bahrain. If the Crown Prince is of the opinion that his country is able to host a race we will return to Bahrain.”