Bahrain Formula One race set for October

05 June 2011

Grand Prix rescheduled after anti-government protests caused cancellation of March event

Bahrain will host the Formula One Grand Prix on 30 October following a decision by the sports’ governing body, the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

The decision was made on 3 June to give Bahrain the opportunity to host a race this year after it cancelled the event planned in March due to anti-government protests and a tough crackdown on them by the ruling regime.

Bahrain’s ruling Al-Khalifa family have welcomed the news, which they hope will generate $500m for the economy.

Not everyone involved in the sport has been as happy with the decision. Some of the racing teams have said it is too soon to bring the sport back to Bahrain, while some fans have organised a petition urging racing teams not to participate in the Bahrain race.

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