Ecclestone: F1 will be back in Bahrain
23 April 2012 – Following a weekend when sport and politics mixed with varying consequences, Bernie Ecclestone has said that Formula 1 has no reason not to return to Bahrain. Sunday delivered the country’s best race yet, with reigning Champion Sebastian Vettel becoming the fourth different winner from as many races in 2012.
With several situations having made front and back page newspaper headlines across the weekend, whether for reasons warranted or unwarranted, Ecclestone may have come under fire but is positive that Sakhir will be seen for many more seasons.
“It's growing all the time and other places are interested,” the head of Formula One Management (FOM, commercial rights holder for the sport) told The Telegraph of Bahrain and the Middle East region in general.
“I think it will grow here, for sure. You know what they say: there's no such thing as bad publicity. We will be back here next year, and for many years after, because they do a top-class job.”
Bahrain debuted on the F1 calendar in 2004, with Michael Schumacher winning commandingly for Ferrari. In 2011, what was then the season-opening race was missing from the schedule due to civil unrest in capital city Manama.
Also on Monday:
No doubts about Grand Prix, says Bahrain boss