FIA announces reinstatement of Indian GP to original date

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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London, Jun 16: International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of Formula One Racing, made a formal announcement on Jun 15 about the decision to strike off the rescheduled Bahrain Grand Prix from the 2011 calendar.

The statement, also informed about the restoration of the Indian Grand Prix to its original date of October 30, 2011.

The FIA, said in the statement, "The inaugural Indian Grand Prix will take place on October 30th...and the season will conclude in Brazil on November 27th, 2011."

Bahrain was not listed in the calendar and the FIA said that the fax vote of its World Motor Sport Council was in consensus to the decision of ratifying the calendar after controversy broke out over attempts to reinstate Bahrain Grand Prix.

It can be recollected that the game's governing body, has decided to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix to Oct 30, the date meant for Indian Grand Prix after it had called of the event originally meant to be in March, in the wake of civil unrest in the Gulf Arab country.

The decision was heavily criticised by human rights activist and former FIA chief Max Mosley.

Earlier, when plans of reinstating Bahrain Grand Prix into the calendar was being discussed, Eric Boullier, head of the Renault team was quoted by the Reuters as saying, "If, security is guaranteed; if the foreign ministries in England allow us to travel there; if my guys are happy and if there is a race happening there, we will be happy to race there," before adding, "But the next question would be in the political context: Do we have to race there? That is another subject. I don't really want to enter into that debate. But the question has to be raised. Does F1 have to go there? It is maybe too early to go there after the dramas."

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