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FIA extends Bahrain deadline

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Formula One racing’s governing body, the FIA, has given Bahrain Grand Prix officials more time to decide whether the event can be staged this year. In February race organisers withdrew from holding the inaugural round of the 2011 championship following unrest in the country.

“The Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, has granted the Bahrain Motor Federation and the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) an extension until June 3rd, date of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Barcelona,” said a statement released late on Monday.

“This decision was taken after consultation with the relevant Bahraini authorities and Formula One Management, the international promoter.”

The FIA originally requested a decision by Sunday (May 1) and over the weekend the BIC said it was keen to see Formula One return to the venue in the “very near future,” though it refrained from specifying when this was likely to be.

"We gratefully acknowledge the understanding of Formula One Management and the FIA in what have been difficult times," said BIC Chairman Zayed Rashid Alzayani. "We also thank the continued support of the international motorsport community and Formula One fans around the world.

"Clearly our national priority is to find a resolution to the difficulties that the Kingdom of Bahrain has experienced. The national situation has moved on in a positive manner, the situation is evolving all the time; our day-to-day life is gradually improving under the current State of National Safety.

"Bahrain's Grand Prix is a time of celebration and hosting the race is a source of great pride for Bahrain and Bahrainis. It is a showcase to the world and we look forward to welcoming the teams and drivers and everyone involved in Formula One back to Bahrain in the very near future."


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