The Formula One Teams’ Association has written to the FIA expressing their concerns over the decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix.
A FOTA spokesperson said: “The teams have discussed the 2011 calendar within FOTA. They have expressed their views privately in a letter to the FIA, FOM (Formula One Management) and the Bahrain International Circuit.”
After discussing the issue over the past 36 hours, it is understood that FOTA’s stand is as per above, and that it wants the Indian GP be changed back to its original October 30 date.
However, FOTA has apparently not ruled out a return of the Bahrain GP at some point. It is believed that they prefer this to happen in 2012, not this season.
Gracia, an FIA vice-president, was the man in charge of assessing the situation in Bahrain, writing a seven-page report that was leaked on Tuesday evening.
Gracia came under the spotlight on Tuesday morning when former FIA president Max Mosley had said he was a “very, very nice man called Gracia, [who] speaks no English and, as far as I know, speaks no Arabic”. The Spanish federation boss defended his report, saying he found the situation in Bahrain to be completely normal.