The Abu Dhabi race organisers are prepared to have their event close to the Bahrain Grand Prix on the calendar in order to accommodate the rescheduling of the race.
The UAE’s automobile club president Mohammed ben Sulayem told Abu Dhabi newspaper The National: “We are organisers of the Abu Dhabi race and we respect the [FIA’s] judgement. Finding time in the calendar is feasible.”
Ben Sulayem, who is also a vice-president on the FIA’s World Motor Sports Council, added: “Originally, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain agreed to have a big separation on the calendar to make the most of the exposure that a Grand Prix brings.
“However, this is an emergency and in an emergency we need to work together.”
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is scheduled to be held two weeks after the Indian Grand Prix and two weeks before the season finale in Brazil.
If a race in Bahrain were added to form a double-header with nearby Abu Dhabi, the Indian or Brazilian race dates may have to change in order to prevent having three races on consecutive weekends.
It remains to be seen whether the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix will ask for their race to return to the calendar this year having cancelled next month’s race due to the political unrest in the country.
2011 Bahrain Grand Prix
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