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PostSubject: Bahrain GP Called Off   Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:48 am

It's official:

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The Bahrain Grand Prix has been postponed because of the ongoing unrest inside the state. A statement this afternoon issued on behalf of Bahrain's Crown Prince said Bernie Ecclestone had been advised of the decision earlier in the day.

The announcement referred to a postponement rather than a cancellation but it is hard to see how the race could be rescheduled inside an already busy end-of-season calendar.

"At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain," the Crown Prince said. "Although Bernie Ecclestone had graciously made clear that a decision on the race was entirely Bahrain's to make and was not yet required, we felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain's Formula One race to a later date.

http://en.espnf1.com/bahrain/motorsport/story/41504.html

It was inevitable and quite rightfully the correct decision, so Melbourne will open the season on March 25.
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PostSubject: Re: Bahrain GP Called Off   Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:32 am

It had to happen. We'll have to wait an extra two weeks for the first race, but it just seems more fitting that the season kicks off in Australia. You couldn't start the season at a more boring circuit than Bahrain.

This puts a bit of a dent in Bernie's claim that the future of F1 is in the Middle East.
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PostSubject: Re: Bahrain GP Called Off   Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:47 am

agreed, shouldn't be taking place and i'm not really too bothered, as Pat Macrack says it's not the most exciting race ever..
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PostSubject: Re: Bahrain GP Called Off   Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:16 pm

It looks as though Bahrain will be held at the end or near the end of the season.

http://en.espnf1.com/brazil/motorsport/story/42306.html

Obviously it will be stupid to hold it in the middle of a desert summer but do we really need this GP? It really is one of the more boring races on the calendar but I guess there are contracts to be held with the organisers etc.
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