Bahrain holds fond memories for Virgin, says Booth
22 February 2011 – Team Principal of Marussia Virgin Racing John Booth has expressed his sadness at the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix, but insists the right decision has been made by officials following the violent political riots in the capital city of Manama. The team made its debut at the Sakhir circuit last year, with Booth hoping that the current unrest can be resolved promptly, allowing Formula 1 to return to the country.
"The Bahrain Grand Prix is an important event on the F1 calendar and as the scene of our team’s racing debut a little under 12 months ago, we have extremely fond memories of Bahrain and were looking forward to returning there for this year’s season opening race,” Booth explained.
"However, it is with great sadness that we have watched events unfolding there over the past week and it is quite clear that there are far bigger matters at stake than whether a major sporting event can take place. Withdrawing from hosting the race at this time was the appropriate course of action and we fully support the decision. We hope that the current unrest in Bahrain can be brought to a peaceful conclusion.
"We will now take part in the final pre-season test, which has been relocated to the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 8-11 March and we look forward to getting the 2011 season underway in Melbourne at the Australian Grand Prix on 25-27 March."