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Teams weighing up options if Bahrain test is cancelled

ESPNF1 Staff
February 19, 2011 « Ecclestone changes stance after more Bahrain violence | »

The Formula One teams are weighing up their options for a possible replacement venue if the final pre-season test in Bahrain is cancelled.

After more protests on Manama's streets on Friday, travel to the country has been advised against by a number governments and the chances of the March 3-6 test taking place are looking increasingly slim.

"I spoke to the teams this afternoon," said F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone late on Friday. "What they wanted to know is what happens if the test doesn't take place, suggesting maybe they will stay in Barcelona for another two or three days."

The Circuit de Catalunya outside Barcelona has said it will make room for F1 if necessary, but added "there is no formal request yet". Speaking on behalf of the Formula One Teams Association, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner admitted the body is "looking at some alternatives" to Bahrain in the event the test needs to be called off.

A spokesman for Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit has refused to confirm or deny rumours the venue could be lined up as an alternate destination.

"As a policy, we never comment on rumour and speculation and have not commented at all in this instance," he said.

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