Bahrain conflict forces GP2 cancellation
17 February 2011 – It has been confirmed by GP2 Series organisers that this weekend’s Asia Series rounds have been cancelled under force majeure, with anti-government protests and riots continuing to take place as around fifty army tanks now make their way towards capital city Manama.
The cancellation of Rounds 3 and 4 of the GP2 Asia Series, with the entire GP2 fraternity already in the country, follow an earlier announcement this morning that practice and qualifying had been pushed back to Friday.
However, with Bahrain’s riots following those elsewhere in the Arab world, such as in Tunisia and Egypt, GP2 Series organisers issued the following statement at 2:55pm local time on Thursday (GMT +3):
‘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 early abolition ramps up fears of a similar outcome for both Formula 1 testing (3-6 March) plus the opening round of the World Championship on the weekend of 11-12-13 March.