May 19, 2019

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix Cancelled

The Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix has been cancelled by organisers because of the civil unrest in the Gulf state.

The race was due to take place on 13 March in Sakhir and F1 supremo Bernie Eccelstone had said hours ago that he was leaving it up to local organisers to advise him if it was safe to proceed or not.

This will also spell the end for the scheduled F1 testing that was due to take place in Bahrain on 3-6 March. That is likely to be moved to Spain.

With a crowded schedule for F1, it is likely that this seasons constructors and drivers championship will will only be a 19 race competition and not the planned 20.

While there are some spare dates later in the race schedule, it is the logistical problems of shifting the F1 circus back to Bahrain out of sequence that will likely spell the end for the race for this season.

The F1 season will now start with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on 27 March.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is the first to be held in the Middle East and has been a happy hunting ground for Fernando Alonso and Ferari in the past.