Bahrain GP 'will not go ahead'

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that the Bahrain Grand Prix will not go ahead following objections from 11 F1 teams to the plans to move the race to October 30.

TheBahrain Grand Prix, which was due to open the season in March, was postponed due to civil unrest.

However, the plans to move the race to October, and to postpone the Indian Grand Prix which was originally scheduled for that date to December, were opposed by 11 F1 teams, who wrote to the FIA, the Formula One Management and the Bahrain International Circuit objecting to race in Bahrain this year.

Ecclestone said: "Hopefully there'll be peace and quiet and we can return in the future, but of course it's not on. The schedule cannot be rescheduled without the agreement of the participants - they're the facts."

Human rights organisations had also condemned the FIA's claims that the situation in Bahrain had returned to normal.

The F1 teams, under their umbrella group the Formula One Teams' Association, also asked for the Indian race to be moved back to its original date.

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