GP2 Asia organisers have been forced to cancel this weekend’s race at the Bahrain International Circuit due to the ongoing civil unrest on the island kingdom.
The political situation in the region has been well documented in recent weeks and with more deaths having been confirmed last night, after police forcefully attempted to drive protesters from their camps in Manama, it was felt that there was little option but to cancel the GP2 race.
A statement from organisers said: “”Following the current events in Bahrain, at the request of the Bahrain Motorsport Federation, it has been decided that the remainder of the meeting which was supposed to take place this week at Bahrain International Circuit is cancelled due to force majeure.”
The cancellation of the race adds further doubts as to whether the final Formula 1 test of the year will be able to take place in Bahrain, and indeed whether the opening race of the season will take place.
Speaking in Dublin FIA President, Jean Todt, said that: “I always try not to over-react on breaking stories. Number one, you have to check what is the reality – which is not always what you hear – and to react without too much emotion and to face properly the problem.
“There has been some movement in Bahrain. I understand things are improving and we have to wait.
“The next step is the GP2 race this weekend… 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.”
The Bahrain test is due to take place on March 3-6 with the race the following weekend.