Thursday, June 9, 2011
FOTA told FIA calendar ?unrealistic?
The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) told the FIA that its proposed rescheduling of the Bahrain Grand Prix was logistically unrealistic, an exchange of letters published by the governing body has revealed. After the FIA's World Motor Sport Council announced last Friday that Bahrain would take the Indian GP's 30 October date on the 2011 calendar, with India moving to a new December date, FOTA chairman Martin Whitmarsh and vice chairman Eric Boullier stressed the teams' objections to the "unrealistic" new schedule in a letter to FIA president Jean Todt, Formula 1 commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone and the Bahrain circuit officials on Tuesday this week. "Whilst we support the idea of racing in Bahrain - a country that has always hosted us with enthusiasm and warmth - once the security conditions have been fully reestablished, we feel that there are fundamental issues linked to the logistics of reintroducing such a race as proposed that have to be considered," the letter read.