BIC: GP2 and National Racing abandoned in Bahrain due to civil unrest while F1 watches and waits

BIC: GP2 and National Racing abandoned in Bahrain due to civil unrest while F1 watches and waits

GP2 Asia Series, Porsche GT3 ME Cup and the WGA V8 Supercars races in Bahrain were cancelled by Thursday 17th in preparation for this weekends racing due to recent events that have unfolded in the Kingdom, racing was scrapped after medical staff at the track were urgently assigned to hospitals in the capital, where protests are continuing. Hundreds of team personnel, drivers, media and fans found themselves stuck in the middle of unprecedented civil unrest in the Kingdom, most GP2 teams have returned safely to Europe.

With preparations of the season-opening Formula 1 Grand Prix already underway, Bernie Ecclestone, has voiced his opinion and suggested that he and the FIA would make a decision on the Grand Prix “by Tuesday or Wednesday” of next week.

Stating to BBC  “If things stay as they are today, the answer is no. If it’s not quietened down by Wednesday, I think we will have to cancel probably.”

In the light of recent events in the Kingdom of Bahrain and attendance in the international media, the Bahrain International Circuit issued a statement regarding the forthcoming Formula 1™ testing on March 3-4-5-6 and the Gulf Air Formula 1™ Bahrain Grand Prix on March 11-12-13.

Bahrain International Circuit CEO, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa, said: “The safety of all Bahraini nationals, expats and overseas visitors is a priority at all times in the Kingdom and, at the Bahrain International Circuit, our focus at the present time is on delivering another successful event in the form of the 2011 Gulf Air Formula 1™ Bahrain Grand Prix.

“We are monitoring the situation very closely indeed in association with the relevant authorities, and will respond appropriately to any further developments.”

F1 Teams are expected to discuss what to do at this weekend’s testing, which is taking place in Barcelona.

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