F1 chief claims teams ‘not worried’ about Bahrain- 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00
Bernie Ecclestone has revealed that Formula 1 teams have expressed no security concerns to him about the Bahrain GP, but suggested the race's contract may not be renewed.
There have been claims that some teams have reservations about making the trip due to political unrest.
Ecclestone told BBC Sport: ‘None of the teams have expressed any concern to me - quite the opposite.’
On renegotiating the race's contract, F1's boss added: ‘Maybe we wouldn't renew it. We'll have to look and see.’
Last year's grand prix was cancelled following civil unrest and human rights activists have called on the F1 bosses to think carefully about whether this year's race should be held.
A statement from Fota (Formula One Teams Association), which represents Lotus, Caterham, Force India, Marussia, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams, said: ‘There's been some media speculation recently to the effect that the teams may seek to cancel this year's Bahrain Grand Prix.’
‘That wouldn't be possible. Teams are unable to cancel grands prix. We race in an international series called the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, and it is therefore for the FIA to offer the teams guidance on these issues.’
Fota does not represent Ferrari, HRT, Red Bull, Sauber or Toro Rosso.