The Bahrain GP has been postponed due to the anti-government protests that have caused civil unrest in the Gulf State for the last few weeks.
After the postponement of the Bahrain GP which was to be held on March 13th, the Formula 1 World Championship will now commence in Melbourne, Australia on March 27th. In an official statement Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa said “We must focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting to a later date.” The FIA, Formula 1’s governing body, backed the decision to postpone the race in a statement which read, "The FIA is responsible for the international calendar as well as all matters of safety relating to the stakeholders involved in Grand Prix racing. We support the decision”. This could be the first year since 2004 that the Bahrain GP will be missing from the Formula 1 season, if the race isn’t re-scheduled.