Officials at the Sakhir International Circuit have announced that the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix has been cancelled as a result of the current political unrest in the country. With the statement having come from the country’s Royal family, the final pre-season Formula 1 test session has also been called off. The 2011 season will now begin two weeks later, in Australia on 27 March.
It is likely that the race will be placed further down the calendar, possibly becoming Round 18 between India and Abu Dhabi. Today’s news marks the first date change for a Grand Prix since Belgium 1985, when the Spa track surface was breaking up.