MONACO - Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone still hopes the Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead, saying that finding a prospective date is the biggest stumbling block.
F1's governing body has given Bahrain until June 3 to decide if a new date can be set for the race this year.
It was meant to be the season opener on March 13, but was canceled by Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa after anti-government protests in the country.
Ecclestone addressed the issue at the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday, saying "I hope F1 will be racing there, the teams are happy, the problem is the date."
The decision whether the race goes ahead, and when, will be made during next week's World Motor Sport Council meeting in Barcelona.