A view from the main grandstand at the Sakhir circuit, photo by Ange Embuldeniya

A view from the main grandstand at the Sakhir circuit, photo by Ange Embuldeniya

Bernie Ecclestone has already said that the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead, obviously not everyone believes him or believes the race should go ahead as he keeps having to come out with statements to back the race. The Bahrain Grand Prix is apparently backed by the terams as well though and to be fair several team principals have come out and gone as far as saying they ‘trust Bernie Ecclestone and the FIA to make the right decision’.

 

Ecclestone was talking to Sky Sports about the Bahrain Grand Prix when he told them “The teams are all committed to be there, and will be there, and want to be there and like to be in Bahrain”; though they have said little in public, perhaps not wanting to come out and publicly back the race in case it comes back to haunt them or upsets any sponsors and wanting to leave it to Bernie: he isn’t afraid at least of stating his opinions clearly.

 

“It still concentrates an awful lot of attention on Bahrain, whereas otherwise it might be slipped in the back and whatever’s going on there might continue to go on,” he said, echoing the sentiments of a group of UK MPs who wrote a letter to The Times backing the race to go ahead as a force for good in Bahrain.

 

Bernie Ecclestone also has also given the long term future of the Australian Grand Prix a boost by saying on Sky Sports that he never said that he was threatening the Australian Grand Prix if they didn’t switch to a night race, a story originally reported in the Melbourne Age and reported on this site suggesting that Ecclestone had said that the Grand Prix in Austrlaia might be at risk after 2015 when its contract runs out.

Construction of buildings and stands at Circuit of the Americas begins, photo by Larry D Moore

Construction of buildings and stands at Circuit of the Americas begins, photo by Larry D Moore

 

Back to 2012 calendar news and today (7th of March) good news for US Formula One fans has come to light: the circuit is now back on schedule, having been behind after work stopped late in 2011 while disputes over race staging fees were settled and a new contract signed. Earlier in the week it was revealed that Tavo Hellmund, one of the key men behind the initial Circuit of the Americas project, was suing the organisation who now have the contract after the new race contract cut him out of the business of promoting the race: this though seems unlikely to stop progress at the new Circuit of the Americas circuit that is due to host the United States Grand Prix in November.