Bahrain and US organisers happy with calendar

By on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Officials from the Bahrain International Circuit and the Circuit of the Americas have said that they are satisfied with the updated 2012 calendar that was presented by Bernie Ecclestone at the recent Hungarian Grand Prix.

Bahrain had been given the honour of hosting the season opener in mid-March, with the new Circuit of the Americas hosting the US Grand Prix in June.

However, both circuits were unhappy with their original slots as Bahrain officials wanted more time to deal with social unrest whilst the latter were concerned about excessive temperatures in Texas during June. Both races have been moved to November 2012, something that has satisifed both parties.

“We are extremely happy to host the grand prix in November,” a spokesman for the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir told the TradeArabia News Service. “Due to high temperatures in our summer, either early or late in the season is better. November is the best month for us.”

Bernie Ecclestone was in his usual honest mode when he told Financial Times, "They (Bahrain) didn't want it up the front, so I've had to screw the whole calendar up"

The move of the US Grand Prix to November 2012 gives a headache to F1 teams as the season finale will take place in Brazil just a week later. However, this concern hasn't bothered USGP chairman Tavo Hellmund.

“I have been hoping for a late-season race date since this project began, and I see this as a very positive sign from F1 that it wants its US event to be an over-the-top success.

“Mr. Ecclestone has dozens of competing issues to consider when it comes to the race calendar. He has to balance the interests of the teams with those of the promoters, and even consider the unique situation of each host country. To put our race near the end of the schedule puts us in a prime spot to welcome the world next year – and I could not be more personally and professionally appreciative.”


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