As the Formula 1 circus looks to reschedule the recently-cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix, the sport faces a difficult decision of where it can actually slot the race in to an already-packed 2010 calendar.
It had originally been mooted that the race could be tied in with November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as part of a Middle East double-header, but that would leave the teams faced with three consecutive flyaway races – Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil – that would create a logistical nightmare for all concerned.
But now F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has suggested that the race could be slotted into the period traditionally reserved for the four-week summer break in August.
The glaringly obvious problem with this is that August is the hottest time of the year in the Middle East. The average temperature in Bahrain is over 37°C (100°F), with peaks of up to 45°C (114°F) and never dropping lower than 21°C (71°F). At night, the average temperature is 31°C (88°F), and despite humidity typically sitting around the 60% mark, there is no rainfall during that time.
Added to the fact that the August shut-down is a now-entrenched part of the sport’s culture, giving weary team members a much-needed break and time away from the sport with their families.
Despite the potential revenue gain from staging an additional race, it’s unlikely that the teams will agree to this proposal, but this could also be a double-bluff from Bernie to get the teams to agree to extend the season into December.
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