Issues pertaining to the rescheduled GP in Bahrain has finally come to a final close, having been initially stricken off from the 2011 calendar by the FIA, Formula One’s governing body, due to Bahrain’s escalating civil unrest which became a cause for concern over safety, security and humanitarian rights.
Initially, The race had been rescheduled for 3rd October 2011, which caused much controversies to arise lately as many fear that it wouldn’t be safe to pursue the race due to political unrest in the country. The protest occurred in February and had led to more than 30 death so far, and counting.
Bahrain’s International Circuit chairman, Zayed R Alzayani announced earlier that his country would “not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season”. The government has admitted the fact that Bahrain is still far from returning to normal.
The teams also rallied against the rescheduling date and said that they were not prepared to take part, forcing a climbdown from F1 authorities with the cancelling of the re-arranged race.
The FIA’s World Motor Sport Council approved the calendar for the remainder of the year, unanimously voting in favour of staging as originally planned, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix on 3rd October 2011, with Bahrain scrapped off for this year. However, Bahrain remains on the FIA’s provisional 2012 calendar as the 11th March 2012 season-opener.
The 2011 schedule of remaining races are as follows:
Jun 26 – European (Valencia Street Circuit)
Jul 07 – British (Silverstone)
Jul 24 – German (Nurburgring)
Jul 31 – Hungarian (Hungaroring, Budapest)
Aug 28 – Belgian (Spa-Francorchamps)
Sep 11 – Italian (Monza)
Sep 25 – Singapore (Marina Bay Street Circuit)
Oct 09 – Japanese (Suzuka)
Oct 16 – Korean (Yeongam)
Oct 30 – Indian (Greater Noida)
Nov 13 – Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
Nov 27 – Brazilian (Interlagos)