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Bahrain withdraws opening race
Bahrain Grand Prix organizers have announced they have decided to withdraw the race as the opening event of the 2011 Formula 1 season, after days of uncertainty following the unrest in the country.

The decision was finally confirmed by the track organizers on Monday afternoon. The Crown Prince informed Bernie Ecclestone of the decision by telephone earlier today.

"We felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest," Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa said.

"Bahrain's priority is on overcoming tragedy, healing divisions and rediscovering the fabric that draws this country together to remind the world of the very best that Bahrain is capable of as a nation once again united."

Bernie Ecclestone said: It is sad that Bahrain has had to withdraw from the race. We wish the whole nation well as they begin to heal their country. The hospitality and warmth of the people of Bahrain is a hallmark of the race there, as anyone who has been at a Bahrain Grand Prix will testify. We look forward to being back in Bahrain soon. "

It is yet unclear if the Bahrain race will be postponed to a later date or not.

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