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FOTA relying on FIA for Bahrain decision

ESPNF1 Staff
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The Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) has issued a press release clearly stating its members are not able to cancel the Bahrain Grand Prix.

A team principal anonymously raised concerns about the security situation in the Gulf state over the weekend, saying the teams are "hoping the FIA calls it off". Bernie Ecclestone responded on Tuesday by saying he could not force the teams to go, but in the same sentence added:"They would be in breach of their agreement with us if they didn't go."

FOTA, which represents seven of the 12 teams, made clear on Tuesday that only the FIA can decide the fate of the race and that it would follow the governing body's recommendation.

"There's been some media speculation recently to the effect that the teams may seek to cancel this year's Bahrain Grand Prix," FOTA said. "That wouldn't be possible. Teams are unable to cancel grands prix. We race in an international series called the FIA Formula One World Championship, and it is therefore for the FIA to offer the teams guidance on these issues."

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