Formula 1

Bahrain Grand Prix Cancelled Due To Political Protests

The desert track will be deserted.
The desert track will be deserted.John Moore/Getty Images
Adam FlinnCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2011

It has finally been confirmed that the Bahrain Grand Prix has been called off because of the political protests occurring in the country and all across the Middle East. Next week's test session will also not go ahead.

The race could be postponed until later in the season, possibly a week before or after the race in Abu Dhabi. This would mean three back-to-back races if that did happen.

As for testing, the teams may choose to stay in Barcelona for another week or could move the test session to mid-March, when the Bahrain race would have been taking place.

The Australian GP in Melbourne will now be the season opener on March 25, 26 and 27.

Prince Salman bin Hamad al Khalifa, the man in charge of the race and a member of the Bahraini royal family, said: "We must focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of the race to a later date."

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