Why the Bahrain GP decision comes too late

Why the Bahrain GP decision comes too late

Friday will see the FIA decide on the future of this year's Bahrain GP, having already postponed the decision once. Dieter Rencken explains why the call - whether Bahrain get the green light or not - comes too late

Last year in Monaco, Peter Sauber made a profound statement. Asked what aspect of Formula 1 had changed most during his four-year absence from the pit wall after BMW acquired his eponymous outfit, the team principal named a handful before saying: "However, I'll tell you what hasn't changed: Formula 1's inability to take decisions until it's too late, and then either compromised decisions are taken or the matter is taken out of our hands..."

Exactly a year on, Formula 1 is the cusp of exactly that. On Friday FIA president Jean Todt's World Motor Sport Council faces its sternest test yet: a solution to the thorny 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix issue. Having twice ducked away from the matter – by way of expediently postponing a definitive decision – the matter can now be put off no longer.

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