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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:42 AM
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Bahrain grand prix cancelled because of protests, organisers announce
The organisers of the Formula One grand prix in Bahrain have announced that the season-opening race has been called off because of the civil unrest sweeping the country. The event, which was due to be held on 13 March, had been in doubt for more than a week after violent anti-government demonstrations in the country's capital, Manama.

The decision means the Australian grand prix in Melbourne on 27 March will play host to the first round of the 2011 season. The final testing session that had been scheduled for Bahrain from 3-6 March has also been cancelled.

"The Bahrain International Circuit today announced that the Kingdom of Bahrain would withdraw from hosting this year's F1 grand prix race so that the country can focus on its process of national dialogue," said a statement.

Several people have been killed and hundreds injured in a crackdown against protesters demanding more say in the running of the Gulf kingdom. The crown prince of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa informed Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One commercial rights holder, of his decision by telephone today.

Prince Salman said: "At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain. Although Bernie Ecclestone had graciously made clear a decision on the race was entirely Bahrain's to make and was not yet required, we felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain's Formula One race to a later date.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2011/feb/21/bahrain-gra...
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:44 AM
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1. As a Formula 1 fan, this was the only wise choice regarding this event.
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 08:52 AM
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2. I know hindsight is 20-20
but IMO the 'wise choice' from the beginning would have been to just to keep the Austria or France GP
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bullwinkle428 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 09:20 AM
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4. It sucks that the Euro nations with such long traditions of races
no longer have events, but has Ecclestone ever been about anything besides money, in the most blantantly obvious way?
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MGB67deux Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 09:17 AM
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3. I prefer the traditional, time honored
venues. Let the season begin in Australia. We shall see in November what the political condition of Abu Dhabi will be. I do not think that I will miss Bahrain, the sight of sparkling new buildings and million dollar yachts tends to piss me off..... all those petro dollars. Somehow the yachts at Monte Carlo do not offend me nearly as much. Is that prejudice?...... probably.

Although not Formula One, the race I most anticipate is the 24 hours of La Mans. This year promises to be epic.

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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 09:22 AM
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5. No doubt about that!
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MGB67deux Donating Member (46 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 10:23 AM
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6. Make that "Le Mans"....
I don't know where the "La" came from but I had had only the one cup of coffee. I am better now.

Sorry
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altiusdirectory Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-11 03:09 AM
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7. Australian Grand Prix 2011
It is nice info about Bahrain grand prix but i need to know Australian Grand Prix if you want that visit below website


Australian Grand Prix 2011
altiusdirectory.com/Sports/australian-grand-prix-schedules.html
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