Not much else they could do.The protesters had clearly stated that they would target the GP for demonstrations.
No F1 team could have insisted that their staff travel to Bahrain with an FO warning that only essential travel should be undertaken.
Boy they really tried hard to put on a race through the streets on New York huh? Or did they?
It was apparently cancelled three years in a row from 83-85, and on two of those occasions Brands Hatch was awarded the European GP in its place. This is purely speculation, and I have no facts whatsoever to back this up, but would the F1 organizers have put this race on the calendar with the knowledge that Brands would be ready and waiting, circumventing the "Two Race in One Country Rule" quite cleverly.
Something else that might lend credence to this conspiracy theory is the fact that if they intended to honor the original 1983 schedule, there would have been 4 races held in the States; Long Beach and Detroit that were indeed held, and the phantom New York and Las Vegas rounds that disappeared into history.
I've always been under the impression the '85 European GP went to Brands as a consolation for the (non-championship) Race of Champions disappearing off the calendar...but that may be one of F1's folk myths. I don't know for sure. Bernie has certainly talked a lot about New York over the years.
Formula One Management will pick up the £24.7m bill for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which had been scheduled to be the season's opener on 13 March but was called off because of civil unrest in the country.
1 Australian GP Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 27 March 2 Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 10 April
3 Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit 17 April
4 Turkish GP Istanbul Park 8 May 5 Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 22 May
6 Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 29 May
7 Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 12 June
8 European GP Valencia Street Circuit 26 June
9 British GP Silverstone Circuit 10 July 10 German GP Nürburgring 24 July
11 Hungarian GP Hungaroring, Budapest 31 July
12 Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 28 August
13 Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale Monza 11 September
14 Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit 25 September
15 Japanese GP Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka 9 October
16 Korean GP Korean International Circuit, Yeongam 16 October
17 Indian GP Jaypee Group Circuit, Greater Noida 30 October
18 Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit 13 November 19 Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 27 November