21 Feb 2011

Bahrain Grand Prix still up in air

6:34 am on 21 February 2011

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone says Bahrain's Crown Prince will decide whether the country's season-opening Grand Prix can take place next month.

Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, who is also deputy supreme commander of Bahrain's armed forces, is leading a national dialogue after days of unrest in the Gulf kingdom left six dead.

Ecclestone says a decision on the March the 13th race was likely to be made on Wednesday.

The grand prix could also be moved to a later date rather than being cancelled outright.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner, whose team are the world champions, said on Saturday the teams trusted Ecclestone to make the right call.

The 12 teams are due to take part in four days of testing in Bahrain from March the 3rd, which makes an early decision essential.