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Motor Racing

Bahrain GP could find back-to-back slot with Abu Dhabi

A senior FIA official has revealed the Bahrain and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix could go back-to-back in any revamped Formula One calendar for this season. The Bahrain race, scheduled for 13 March, was called off on Monday due to the political unrest there but Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has promised to do all he can to accommodate the Gulf state later this year.

In a packed calendar, though, the possibility mooted of squeezing it in between the season-ending races in Abu Dhabi and Brazil could push the finale back to the first weekend in December. Mohammed ben Sulayem, the World Motor Sport Council vice-president, said: "This is an emergency and in an emergency we need to work together."