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Drivers back Bahrain decision

The majority of the teams and drivers have already spoken out to add their support for Bahrain’s decision to postpone the season opening grand prix due to the ongoing political unrest in the Gulf. Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa are the latest drivers to get behind Bahrain’s decision "Like so many of my Formula One colleagues, I also think the cancellation of the Bahrain event was a good decision," Schumacher he told his official website. "The people there right now have more important issues than Formula One, and those of course have priority." Whilst Ferrari's Felipe Massa also agrees, saying: "I think this is the right decision because the situation there is very serious. If there is just the slightest risk, it is better not to go, but the most important thing is that the situation in Bahrain calms down to what it was before and that everything is peaceful again." "You can have a grand prix for the fans to bring them a bit of light relief, but I don't think this is the right moment for the people of Bahrain to host a Formula One race.” Massa continued “It's a shame we cannot start the championship there, because I have always felt really good in this country: the people are very welcoming and pleasant and apart from that, I have always gone very well at the Sakhir circuit. Let's hope we can go back there soon." The 2011 Formula One season will now get underway in Australia on 27th March.

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