Bahrain Grand Prix in doubt?

Next month's Bahrain Grand Prix is in doubt

Next month's Bahrain Grand Prix is in doubt

After days of violence in Bahrain, speculation is growing over the potential cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place in less than a month’s time.

Tomorrow’s GP2 Asia race has already been cancelled after violence in the region. At least 6 people have been killed, and hundreds injured.

At the moment, journalists are being turned away at Bahrain airports, meaning that if the situation does not improve soon, it would be impossible to hold an F1 race there. Those who had already entered the country for the GP2 race have already started to evacuate.

Though there is no official word yet, some speculation has hinted that if the violence does not quell by next Wednesday, the F1 paddock will be forced to postpone the season opener. At the moment, there are no medical crews at the circuit, as they have all been deployed to hospitals around the country.

Testing in Bahrain, which begins on the 3rd March, is also in serious doubt.

While I’m as eager as many to get the 2011 season underway, this sport also has a responsibility to secure the safety of its drivers, team personnel, media, and spectators. In this current political environment, hosting a Grand Prix is putting everyone involved in danger. And at the end of the day, it’s not like we’re going to lose an exciting race…

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