Formula One's Bahrain Grand Prix Canceled Due To Protests
Currently, the Middle East region of the world is experiencing a massive change and in this current situation, there is no place for a massive worldwide sporting event.
It seems that Formula One is in agreement with this assessment, as the demonstrations in Bahrain have caused a cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, the opening race of the 2011 Formula One season.
Following successful demonstrations and a regime change in both Egypt and Tunisia, protestors have taken to the streets in Bahrain in an effort to overthrow the current government which they feel has been corrupt in its nature. While most of these events have nothing to do with racing, the one is Bahrain does, as it hosts the opening race in the F1 season.
"We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest," said Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa.
‘‘At the present time the country’s entire attention is focused on building a new national dialog for Bahrain,’’ Prince Salman said in a statement released by the Bahrain International Circuit.
Organizers already had to call off of the GP2 Asia Series race that was scheduled to take place this weekend and now the same has been done to the Formula One race.
This cancellation means that the F1 season will now start on March 27 in Australia.
The Bahrain Grand Prix made history, as it was the first ever Grand Prix held in the Middle East. The inaugural race was given the award for the "Best Organized Grand Prix" by the FIA. The Bahrain Grand Prix was, for the longest time, the third race of the season, but in 2006, it was moved up to avoid the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso holds the record for most victories on the circuit with three.