Bahrain GP Debate

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
More or less what everyone expected I think.

They have far bigger issues to worry about over there than some pointless (in the bigger scheme of things) motor race.

I expect there will now be a lot of discussion trying to squeeze it back in to the calender later in the year.
The penalties for Bahrain will be severe otherwise I would have thought.

Looks like I'll be updating all the data and content again now then....sigh...
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
Contributor
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.
Sensible choice.
 

Enja

isn't dead.
Valued Member
More or less what everyone expected I think.

They have far bigger issues to worry about over there than some pointless (in the bigger scheme of things) motor race.

I expect there will now be a lot of discussion trying to squeeze it back in to the calender later in the year.
The penalties for Bahrain will be severe otherwise I would have thought.

Looks like I'll be updating all the data and content again now then....sigh...
Poor Brogan!

It was the sensible thing to do.. hopefully for the people of Bahrain they can bring the protests to a quick, peaceful and successful conclusion.

Also, it does mean that F1 will start where it really should.. with a bang in Melbourne.
 

tooncheese

Hans Heyer
Contributor
I had set myself up for the season starting in a couple of weeks. The run up to melbourne will be agony. Also other reports say it may be rescheduled, is this likely?
 

teabagyokel

#dejavu
Valued Member
The Crown Prince's statement [in the BBC article] seems to suggest that there will be a rescheduling, Bernie not so much!
 

Jen

Here be dragons.
Contributor
Without wanting to be rude - this is the last thing that any protester wanted! Now they have to do it all again in a few months time (if rescheduled).
 

KekeTheKing

Banned
Supporter
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.
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
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.
 

cider_and_toast

Exulted Lord High Moderator of the Apex
Staff Member
Premium Contributor
No shock really.

To be honest I'm glad in one way because the Oz GP makes for a far more interesting season opener than Borrain.

On a serious note though, that the situation resolves itself peacefully.
 

snowy

Champion Elect
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.
!!!



Bernie has definitely lost his edge.
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
Contributor
Good Lord.I have just read that on Autosport.
From this day forth Mr Bernard Charles Ecclstone will be referred to as "benevolent Uncle Bernie"
 

ATL11

Podium Finisher
Where do they slot in a rescheduled Bahrain?

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
Here?
18 Abu Dhabi GP Yas Marina Circuit 13 November
19 Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 27 November
 
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