A decision on a new date for the postponed Bahrain Grand Prix should be taken before the season starts later this month, Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has said in an interview.

Ecclestone said he had spoken to international motorsport federation FIA president Jean Todt about arranging a new date for the race which was called off following political unrest in Bahrain.

He told the official F1 website that Todt and he had agreed that a decision should be made before the season starts in Melbourne, Australia on March 27.

One suggestion is that the race ? which should have been the season opener on March 13 ? now be held in August, shortening the Formula One summer break.

?We don?t need an alternative race anywhere in Europe or any other place. We need a race in Bahrain,? Ecclestone said.

?If the crown prince (Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa) is of the opinion that his country is able to host a race we will return to Bahrain.

?I think the teams are sensible enough even to race in Bahrain in the summer break, and despite high temperatures, because this is the way we can support the country.?

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