QATAR RACE CANNED: Bernie Ecclestone has apparently changed his mind about a future F1 race in Qatar. Image: AFP / Greg Baker
MANAMA, Bahrain - Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has put plans for a grand prix in Qatar on the back burner.
The country's highest ranking motor racing official said in February: "We are about to sign contracts to organise a Formula 1 race" in 2016 or 2017.
That was despite Ecclestone earlier saying he could not organise a Qatari race unless organisers in nearby Bahrain agreed.
"It's not for us (to say)," Bahrain circuit boss Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa said last weekend (April 19). "It's for the rights holder."
According to Reuters, Ecclestone told reporters in Bahrain when asked about Qatar: "I think we've got enough (races) here, don't you?"