23 Apr 2013

F1 talks long term deal with Bahrain

6:39 am on 23 April 2013

Despite Bahrain's on-going political strife, the Formula One circus left the gulf state yesterday with Bernie Ecclestone talking of a five-year extension to the race contract, and the possibility of switching it to the start of the season next year.

The 82 year old biollionaire says he doesn't see any problems with the most controversial race on the formula one calendar, despite Bahrain's alleged human rights abuses after a bloody crackdown on a 2011 anti-government uprising which led to the cancellation of its grand prix that year.

Bahrain's current contract with formula one runs to 2016.

Australia currently hosts the current season-opener with a highly popular race in Melbourne, while Bahrain is the fourth of 19 races this year.