After FIA announced October 30 as the new date for the Bahrain GP, they faced objections from F1 officials and drivers that it’s not the right decision to make. Many people believe Bahrain leaders are going to use the GP to cover their acts in suppressing people’s demonstrations and pretend everything’s OK in that country, in spite of the ongoing situation in the oil-rich Gulf state that’s already resulted in many deaths.
So before FIA pulls the plug, Bahraini officials decided to voluntarily withdraw and save themselves some dignity:
Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R Alzayani:
Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council’s decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision. Bahrain has always sought to play a positive role in the continued development of Formula One, from pioneering F1 racing in the Middle East, to helping other countries in facilitating their own races in new territories, as well as providing our own unique experience and universal welcome to Grand Prix supporters.
Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extends the calendar season detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season.
We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year’s decision will be a disappointment. We would also especially like to thank the FIA, FOM, The Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF) and the teams for all support and understanding they have extended to us at this time.