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Ecclestone calls for an end to Bahrain speculation

ESPNF1 Staff
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Bernie Ecclestone has told the media to stop speculating on possible problems in Bahrain © Getty Images

Bernie Ecclestone has called for an end to speculation over whether the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead, insisting the country is safe for Formula One to visit.

On Friday morning the FIA issued a press release confirming the race will take place in a week's time before Ecclestone met with team principals between practice sessions at the Chinese Grand Prix to allay any fears. Speaking to the press afterwards he said all the teams are happy with the decision and that the only questions over the race are being created by the media.

"Everybody's happy," Ecclestone was quoted by Autosport. "We haven't got any problems. It's a problem being discussed by the media. They don't have any idea what's going on. That's the problem. This race is on the calendar, and has been on the calendar for quite a long time, and we will be there. All the teams are happy to be there."

Despite reports of continued unrest in the country from various media outlets, Ecclestone said his sources have told him the country is peaceful.

"The national sporting authority will keep us informed as to what is happening. There's nothing happening. I know people who live there and it's all very quiet and peaceful. There has been enough speculation and things said, and I think it was a good thing to put something out. I suppose the right thing to do is to stop speculating and wait and see, then we will deal with the matter when it arises."