RED Bull’s title defence has been delayed by two weeks as the Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain has been postponed.
Political unrest has caused havoc in the Middle Eastern country, and on the advice of the Crown Prince, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has delayed the event until further notice.
“Bahrain International Circuit announces Bahrain’s withdrawal from the first race of the F1 season,” read the track’s official Twitter feed. “HRH Crown Prince informed Formula One’s Bernie Ecclestone of the BIC’s decision by telephone earlier today.
“We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest.
“At the present time the country’s entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue for Bahrain.”
The new season opener will be held in Melbourne, Australia, originally designated as the second race of 2011. The race will still take place on Sunday March 27.