GP2 Asia Grand Prix in Bahrain Cancelled "due to the current local events"
Political unrest against the monarchy has escalated inside the Gulf state in recent days, and security forces continue to struggle to stop the protests. Several people have died in the last week, and anti-government leaders have indicated the race could be targeted by protesters. Today's news that the GP2 Asia race scheduled at the Sakhir circuit this weekend has had to be cancelled "due to the current local events" only adds further concern as to whether next month's Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead. The protests began as part of a "day of rage" on Sunday and are expected to continue into the weekend, with other various sporting events, including a charity marathon and a local rugby match, having to be cancelled too. A statement issued by GP2 confirmed that the reason for cancelling the race was "due to the current local events", as the medical staff who were scheduled to be at the track had been diverted to hospitals. Meanwhile, FIA president, Jean Todt has tried to play down the situation. Speaking to the The Irish Independent he said: "I always try not to overreact on breaking stories. Of course the essence of the FIA is safety; safety on the racing car, safety on the road, safety in our organisation. So that's what we are claiming, but at the moment there is no reason to have unnecessary concern." A spokesman for the Bahrain International Circuit added ''The safety of all Bahrain nationals, expats and overseas visitors is a priority at all times. We are monitoring the situation very closely indeed in association with the relevant authorities and will respond appropriately to any further developments.'' Although, CNN have reported that the last 24 hours have been particularly violent, and at least three more people have been killed. Image ©Andrew Hone