Bahrain's Sakhir circuit has been silenced by events in the country. (LAT photo)
Bahrain Grand Prix organizers have announced they have withdrawn the race as the opening event of the 2011 Formula 1 season, after days of uncertainty following the unrest in the country.
"We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest," said Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa (with Bernie Ecclestone, ABOVE). "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 March 27, two weeks later than originally scheduled. The final preseason test, planned for Bahrain, has also been canceled in favor of an additional test at Barcelona (CLICK HERE for story)
No decision has been made on a new date for the rescheduling of the race, which was due to take place from March 11-13.