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Organisers at the Bahrain International Circuit have confirmed they have pulled out of hosting the 2011 F1 season opener, putting an end to the speculation that has dominated over the past few days. The political troubles in the country have put a shadow over the event for the past week, and Chief of Formula One Group Bernie Ecclestone has been keeping a close eye on the area with a view to making a decision soon.
As it is, the Crown Prince of Bahrain phoned Ecclestone to tell him they have to withdraw. He 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.”
It’s not known if Bahrain will host a race this year, or if they have forfeited their right to a race in 2011. All we do know is that the season won’t get underway until Australia. Also, Formula One teams are due to meet this evening in Barcelona to discuss the options for the also cancelled Bahrain test.
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