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|F1: Bahrain withdraws opening race
||by Mathias Olaf Uncertain
22nd Feb 2011
The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have announced that they will not host the opening round of the 2011 Formula 1 season, after days of uncertainty following unrest in the Kingdom of the Two Seas.
"At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain," said His Excellency Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, or Mr Khalifa, as he now prefers to be known.
"Bernie Ecclescake had graciously made clear that a decision on the race was entirely Bahrain's to make, and we felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain's Formula 1 race to a later date."
Ecclescake added: "The hospitality and warmth of the people of Bahrain is a hallmark of the race there, as any of the literally dozens of people who have been at a Bahrain Grand Prix will testify.
"It is sad that Bahrain has had to withdraw from the race, we wish the whole nation well as they begin to heal their country.
"On the other hand, because they withdrew, it does mean that I get to keep the deposit they paid. Lovely jubbly."
The postponement of the race means the season will now start in Australia on 27 March, two weeks later than originally scheduled, which in turn means that F1 wives the world over will have the benefit of another weekend in which their husbands can dig the vegetable patch over or sort out the garage, dammit, before the season starts in earnest. Or, indeed, in Melbourne.