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Indefinitely postponed after the March 13th race was canceled, the FIA has reportedly given the green light for the Bahrain Grand Prix to return to the Formula 1 schedule this season.
“Mabrook, Bahrain, will host f1″, tweeted Fawaz Al Khalifa, the head of the country’s information affairs authority, adding that a date is being worked out now.
The news comes after a meeting of F1′s World Motor Sport Council and just as the Bahrain government lifted an emergency rule on Wednesday.
The FIA has yet to confirm these reports, but the race is believed to take place on October 30th (the former date of the Indian GP), which would then be pushed back to as late as December.
Due to the ongoing protests in Bahrain, F1 officials have officially pulled the plug on the Bahrain Grand Prix, originally scheduled for March 13th.
F1′s governing body, the FIA, and its president Bernie Ecclestone have decided to “postpone” the opening race of the 2011 season, instead starting in Melbourne, Australia on March 27th. A new date is still being considered to the already-full 20-race schedule.
The past few weeks have been full of speculation on whether the FIA would make a statement regarding the humanitarian issue. The deadly protests in Bahrain against the monarchy are still ongoing, and holding an F1 race there after such political upheaval would have been trivial, if not disastrous.