[Formula 1] Bahrain GP called off

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Just in on BBC News:

BREAKING NEWS:Bahrain Grand Prix - opening race of the F1 season - called off because of political unrest

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Bahrain withdraws opening race

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have announced they have decided to withdraw the race as the opening event of the 2011 season, after days of uncertainty following the unrest in the country.

The decision was finally confirmed by the track organisers onMonday afternoon.

The Crown Prince informed Bernie Ecclestone of the decision by telephone earlier today.

"We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest," Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa said.

"Bahrain's priority is on overcoming tragedy, healing divisions and rediscovering the fabric that draws this country together to remind the world of the very best that Bahrain is capable of as a nation once again united."

The postponement of the race means the season will now start in Australia on 27 March, two weeks later than originally scheduled.

It is yet unclear if the Bahrain race will be postponed to a later date or not.

More to follow

Source: Autosport

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But its better for them to get everything sorted out, putting on the F1 would be too big a risk and send all the wrong signals, Hope they work out all their issues

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