This is F1Minute for the 17th February 2011.
Politicial tensions in Bahrain have been casting doubt over whether the Grand Prix will take place next month, and the concern has been heightened by today’s confirmation from GP2 Asia bosses that the feeder series’ second round event in Bahrain has been cancelled. Protesters and police are clashing in the country and initially the GP2 programme was pushed back, but it was soon announced that the entire weekend would be called off.
Bernie Ecclestone isn’t panicking, though, saying: “I always try not to over-react on breaking stories. Number one, you have to check what is the reality - which is not always what you hear - and to react without too much emotion and to face properly the problem.” Bernie and the Bahrain circuit officials are watching the situation carefully, not just for the Grand Prix but for testing which is due to take place a week earlier at the track. Bernie added that he has spoken to the Crown Prince who knows no more than anyone else, and a decision should be made next week.
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