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GP Week : Issue 117
11 F1 NEWS >> 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: email@example.com Our brand new website is coming soon! Lloyds broker Ellis Clowes & Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Indian GP may move to season end to accommodate Bahrain? ACCORDING to Bernie Ecclestone, the Indian Grand Prix could be moved from its 30 October slot to 4 December to accommodate a rescheduled race in Bahrain. “ We are having a look at it,” Ecclestone told Reuters on Friday. “Everything’s possible. We could [move the Indian race to the end of the season]. I’m not sure at the moment what I’m going to do. Everything’s up in the air. I haven’t decided about it. We’ll see if we have to go to Bahrain.” The Bahrain Grand Prix was postponed following a wave of civil unrest and political protests that killed at least 29 people, but has not been cancelled. The island nation has been in a formal state of emergency since March, when troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE were brought in to stamp down on the protests, but the government plans to lift it on 1 June. A senior official from Bahrain in Barcelona told GPWEEK “It is safe, we are ready, and we really hope we can reinstate the race this year. That is what we are working towards and we are quite confident going into the WMSC [on 3 June, when a decision on Bahrain’s reinstatement will be made].” There have been ongoing debates in the paddock about the wisdom of returning to Bahrain this year. Renault team principal Eric Boullier told Autosport that it was “a hard decision”. “If security is guaranteed; if the foreign ministries in England allow us to travel there; if my guys are happy and if there is a race happening there, we will be happy to race there,” he said. “But the next question would be in the political context – do we have to race there? That is another subject – and I don’t really want to enter into that debate. But the question has to be raised. Does F1 have to go there? It is maybe too early to go there after the dramas. “At the end, if I have to balance it, I have to support the idea of racing, but I also have to say that it’s also maybe not fair to go race there this year. So there is a little bit of a balance to find,” Boullier concluded. Vicky Chandhok, father of Team Lotus reserve driver Karun, has taken the precaution of booking hotel rooms near the Greater Noida circuit for the weekend of 4 December. Raikkonen doesn’t rule F1 out ... again ...