There’s scarcely been a positive reaction from within the Formula 1 fraternity over the FIA’s decision to reinstate the Bahrain Grand Prix onto the 2011 F1 calendar. In fact, the reaction has been one of complete surprise and shock.
And if the recent press releases from the various teams are anything to go by, it looks like the matter might be discussed for some time yet, with most vowing to use the Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) to air their grievances over the FIA’s controversial decision.
While the FIA insists that Bahrain is safe to hold a Grand Prix and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone – a sitting member of the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council – remains adament that the decision to reinstate the race had nothing to do with the $40 million fee he would lose out on if the race was scrapped, the teams seem to share a very different view altogether.
Already Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber has hinted that he could be one of several drivers to boycott the event, and it seems that the teams want more dialogue over the situation.
A statement from the Red Bull Racing team confirms that matter will be discussed “within the appropriate forum”, while a spokesperson from McLaren confirmed that the “decision [to race] is likely to be discussed internally within FOTA and a more detailed joint position may be defined after that.”
The teams may well rebel against the FIA’s decision to stage the race, and this won’t harm the FIA’s position in Bahrain itself, because it won’t be seen as the organisation that prevented the race from going ahead.
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