From last season opening...

Bahrain Grand Prix organisers have announced that the event will not host the opening round of the 2011 Formula 1 season, after days of uncertainty following unrest in the country. The decision was finally confirmed by the track organisers this afternoon.

The Crown Prince informed Bernie Ecclestone of the decision by telephone earlier today. No decision has been made on a new date for the rescheduling of the race, which was due to take place from March 11th to 13th.

Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa said:
"We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest. 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."

The postponement of the race means the season will now start in Australia on 27 March, two weeks later than originally scheduled.