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2015-04-21 14:06

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?"

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