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GP Week : Issue 110
F1 NEWS >> Abu Dhabi offers Bahrain a date ABU Dhabi Grand Prix organisers have thrown the Bahrain Grand Prix a final lifeline by offering to delay its race until December as the Bahrain royal family looks to reschedule its prized Formula One Grand Prix. While violence against pro- democracy protesters continues in Bahrain amid an ongoing state of emergency, there remains a slim chance that the race can be rescheduled for later in the year. Speaking to Autosport last week, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix boss Richard Cregan said he would be willing to move his race to either the first or second weekend of December to allow the Bahrain Grand Prix take its current slot on the calendar of November 13th. “ We will do whatever we can to help Bahrain by facilitating a date change,” Cregan said. “ The FIA and FOM will ultimatley decide and we will be very happy to follow what they say. The most important things are getting the logistics right and knowing the date as early as possible.” F1’s governing body the FIA has given Bahrain until May 1st to decide whether or not a safe running of the race later in the year is possible. With just one month remaining before the deadline is reached, and violence continuing unabated, the chances of rescheduling the race are becoming increasingly slim. Delaying the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix until December not only helps Bahrain GP organiser by clearing a space on the calendar for them, it would also return the Abu Dhabi race to be the final race of the season. Abu Dhabi had been the last stop on the F1 calendar for the last two years, but they were usurped by the Brazilian Grand Prix for 2011. Insurance products for the Motorsport industry – worldwide The season is about to start - call us now Adrian Hardy +44 (0)207 220 0138 Jon Salmon +44 (0)207 220 0143 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Our brand new website is coming soon! Lloyds broker Ellis Clowes & Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Violence still continuing in Gulf state 11