No Room for Bahrain Grand Prix
It was revealed last week that the Bahrain Grand Prix had been called off, postponing the start of the 2011 F1 season until the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday 27th March 2011. At that point in time it was reported that the Bahrain race meeting would then be rescheduled for some other time in the year. However, according to Christian Horner, the boss of the Red Bull team, it is unlikely that adequate time will be found to reschedule it. It means that the 2011 F1 Season may be down one race this year.
The race had been postponed due to ongoing protests in the country against the ruling government. The uprising followed similar incidents in Egypt, where its President Hosni Mubarak was forced to stand down, Tunisia, where President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali stood down, plus Algeria, Jordan, Iran, Morocco and Yemen. Ongoing coverage has also been given to protests in Libya, where rebels attempt to end Colonel Gaddafi’s forty year rule.
The removal of the Bahrain Grand Prix, however, will not decrease the season compared to the 2010 one. 2011 sees the addition of the Indian Grand Prix, which takes place in October.
When the season does get under way it will feature Sebastian Vettel defending the world championship after lifting the trophy in 2011. He beat out strong competition in Brits Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, plus Spain’s Fernando Alonso and Australia’s Mark Webber – who both finished second and third respectively. Those with sports tickets for the final race of the season in Brazil were treated to a four-way battle to the podium, with Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso and Webber all in contention for the championship.
The Australian Grand Prix opens the 2011 season on Sunday 27th March 2011. The season then continues with the Malaysian Grand Prix in April, with the British Grand Prix taking place on Sunday 10th July 2011. The final race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, appears on Sunday 27th November 2011.