The GP2 Asia Series round that was due to take place in Bahrain this week has been cancelled as a result of the anti-government protests in the Middle East state.
The second meeting of the three-round 2011 GP2 Asia season was due to get underway today (Thursday 17 February), with the feature and sprint races due to be held on Friday and Saturday respectively at the Bahrain International Circuit.
However, this morning the series organisers took the decision to postpone today's track activity until Friday because medical staff had been moved from the circuit and into the city of Manama to help after a night of protests.
Soon after the postponement, the whole race weekend was cancelled following a request from the national motorsport federation.
A statement issued by GP2 said: “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 2011 GP2 Asia Series season is due to conclude at the same Bahrain circuit on 12/13 March in support of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix. However, the political situation in the region has put the opening Grand Prix weekend under threat.