Bahrain F1: Todt tells Ecclestone to propose solution for Bahrain GP image

The FIA seemed ready on Thursday to overturn its decision to take formula one back to Bahrain in 2011.

The controversy involves reinstating the Bahrain Grand Prix to the F1 calendar by taking the Oct 30 slot given to India initially.

Following the withdrawal of Bernie Ecclestone’s support for the Bahrain rescheduling, F1’s governing body published letter correspondence between the FIA and the teams association FOTA.

“Whilst we support the idea of racing in Bahrain – a country that has always hosted us with enthusiasm and warmth – once the security conditions have been fully reestablished, we feel that there are fundamental issues linked to the logistics of reintroducing such a race as proposed that have to be considered,” the letter read.

FOTA argued that the calendar shuffle would have a negative impact on India’s prospects of making a success of its first F1 race.

FIA president Jean Todt responded by writing that it is the responsibility of F1’s commercial rights holder, represented by Ecclestone, to “set the calendar and submit it to the FIA for approval”.

“The FIA always has at heart the smooth running of the championship and the interests of the teams, and is always prepared to address any issues, however difficult,” added the Frenchman.

“I have listened to your last-minute objections and have asked the commercial rights holder (Ecclestone) to re-examine his calendar proposal, and if necessary, to resubmit a revised proposal to the World Council.”