Bernie hopeful over Bahrain
F1 supremo admits that 2012 date could be reconsidered
Last Updated: 10/12/11 3:02pm
Bernie Ecclestone: Hopes that the situation will be stable in Bahrain by 2012
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is keen to ensure that the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead next year despite the threat of civil unrest in the country.
The race was called off in 2011 due to anti-government protests but has been included on the official calendar for the upcoming season.
The situation in the Gulf state remains tense, leading to some expressing doubt over whether F1 could return there for the scheduled date in April 2012.
But Ecclestone is hopeful that there will be no reason to stop the race from going ahead.
"I hope we go to Bahrain and there's no trouble - the race goes on, the public are happy and there are no dramas. That's what I hope," he told The Guardian.
However, Ecclestone did admit that he would be forced to reconsider if definitive evidence of human rights abuses came to light.
"We'd have to give it some serious thought then," the 81-year-old added.
"But we've been to Argentina when there's been big dramas. There's been dramas in Brazil. Bad things happen there. I think you can look anywhere now and it's not all good.
"You can't really hold England up as being all good, can you? There have been some terrible atrocities that we committed."