Zayed Alzayani, the chairman of the Bahrain International Circuit, has said he is he hopeful that the Bahrain Grand Prix will make a quick return to the F1 schedule, despite the opening round of the 2011 season being cancelled.

The event has been withdrawn from the calendar due to ongoing political protests in the Gulf state, with a decision yet to be taken on whether or not the race can be rescheduled for a date later in the year.

The planned F1 test that should have taken place early next month has also been cancelled and moved to the Catalunya circuit in Spain, where a four-day test has just drawn to a close.

Regardless of whether the race can be rescheduled for this season, Alzayani said he was hopeful that Bahrain will make a quick return to F1 and said he hoped that people understood why the decision to cancel the race had been taken.

"Bahrain's Grand Prix is a time of celebration and hosting the race is a source of great pride for Bahrain and 'Bahrainis'," he said. "It is a showcase to the world and we look forward to welcoming the teams and drivers and everyone involved in Formula One back to Bahrain in the very near future.

"I hope that F1 and our friends around the world will understand our decision at this difficult time."

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