Booth sees no room for Bahrain GP

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JOHN Booth, the Marussia Virgin Racing team principal, fears the sport’s governing body, the FIA, will not be able to fit the postponed Bahrain Grand Prix into the 2011 Formula One schedule for logistical reasons.

Earlier this month, F1 bosses had to call off the Bahrain GP in the wake of the civil unrest in the country. It was pencilled in to be the season-opening race on March 13.

The FIA are set to decide whether the race can be rescheduled on May 1.

Booth told The Star: “It was the right decision to cancel it.

“It is sad we couldn’t go back to Bahrain for the first race because that is where we started our journey and I think we could have done a slightly better job.

“But I can’t see how they are going to fit it in. To try and rejig it into the calendar will be difficult but Bernie Ecclestone (F1 boss) might find a way. We will wait and see what happens but I think the current troubles will make it very difficult.”

Asked whether it can be staged in the summer, Booth added: “They can’t do it in August as it will be around 50 degrees in Bahrain then so you can’t run a Formula One car in those temperatures.”

Marussia have opted not to accommodate the Kinetic Energy Recovery (KERS) technology in their MVR-02 race car ahead of the new campaign. The equipment is designed to improve straight line overtaking at the press of a button.

Booth has defended the team’s policy on KERS, saying: “It is a very expensive operation and we don’t believe in it as a green alternative.

“We will be a small disadvantage to the other teams but the resources to keep KERS running are massive.

“We have got bigger steps to make than what KERS would give us.”