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Bahrain GP decision delayed until May

The Bahrain GP was originally set to be the 2011 season opener. However, due to on-going political unrest the grand prix which was set for the 13th March had to be postponed. After a meeting in Paris on Tuesday the FIA has given the Bahrain authorities until the 1st of May to decide if they will be able to stage a re-arranged grand prix this season. A short statement from the FIA simply said: "the Bahrain Motor Federation to communicate by May 1 at the latest if the Bahrain Grand Prix can be organised in 2011.” Speaking to the Bahrain International Circuit boss, Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa said: "I am very happy that we have been given more time by the FIA to accomplish our national goals, so that we may hopefully stage our grand prix later this year. When things get better, we will do what we can to be back on the race calendar. While it is important for us to have our race, our complete concentration right now must be on a national dialogue." While the situation in Bahrain has calmed slightly after the authorities opened discussions with pro-democracy movements, the British Foreign Office is still advising against any but essential travel to the state, where more than 500 people have been injured since protests began in mid-February. Image ©Andrew Hone

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