Due to the unrest in Bahrain, the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) announced that the Kingdom is withdrawing from hosting 2011 F1 Grand Prix, which is also the opening race for 2011.
Bahrain’s Crown Prince, HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa is looking into resolving the current political situation in the Kingdom. The Crown Prince informed Formula One’s Bernie Ecclestone of the organizer’s decision by phone.
HRH Prince Salman said, “We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain’s Formula 1 race to a later date. After the events of the past week, our nation’s priority is on overcoming tragedy, healing divisions and rediscovering the fabric that draws this country together; reminding the world of the very best that Bahrain is capable of as a nation once again united.”
Chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, Zayed R. Alzayani said, “I hope that F1 and our friends around the world will understand our decision at this difficult time.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix that is due to take place on March 13th 2011 has now been called off, due to the anti-government protests. No words on a new date for the rescheduling of the race. Next GP in line will be Melbourne Grand Prix on March 27th.