Melbourne will be F1 season-opener

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Melbourne will be F1 season-opener
2011 season-opening Bahrain Formula 1 GP on March 13 has been cancelled because of the ongoing political unrest in the small Gulf state.

The generally predictable move was confirmed in an official statement soon after reports emerged that F1 teams had decided not to go ahead with a scheduled testing session at the circuit next week.

Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa said: "At the present time the country's entire attention is focused on building a new national dialogue.”

"Although (F1 rights holder) Bernie Ecclestone had graciously made clear that a decision on the race was entirely Bahrain's to make and was not yet required, we felt it was important for the country to focus on immediate issues of national interest and leave the hosting of Bahrain's F1 race to a later date."

The 2011 season is now due to get under way with the Australian GP in Melbourne on March 27.

Monday's announcement follows the cancellation of last weekend's GP2 Series races in Bahrain after pro-democracy protests that have led to deadly clashes with police.

The conflict in the small Gulf state of Bahrain is part of a wave of protests that have rippled across North Africa and the Middle East since the revolt that ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January, 2011.