7 Jun 2011

FIA leaves door open for Bahrain rethink

6:59 am on 7 June 2011

Formula One's governing body has left the door open to a possible U-turn on the staging of the Bahrain Grand Prix later this year, after restoring the postponed race to this years schedule.

Bahrain was originally to have hosted the season-opening grand prix, but it was called off after civil unrest prompted a bloody crackdown in the Gulf kingdom.

The FIA president Jean Todt says if they have clear evidence of a return to a risky political situation, they could reconsider their decision.

Red Bull's Australian driver Mark Webber believes the wrong decision has been taken but he doesn't expect the race to happen anyway.

Britain's Sports Minister Hugh Robertson has warned the race could become a magnet for protest if it goes ahead.