Marussia Virgin Racing team principal John Booth has joined those backing the decision to cancel the F1 2011 season opener in Bahrain.
Confirmation that the event will not take place finally came on Monday afternoon as a result of the ongoing political unrest in the Gulf state, with the planned pre-season test at the Sakhir circuit being moved to Barcelona next month [see separate story – click here
Speaking after the announcement, Booth said that while the team was sad not to go there, it was the 'appropriate course of action'.
“The Bahrain Grand Prix
is an important event on the F1 calendar and as the scene of our team's racing debut a little under 12 months ago, we have extremely fond memories of Bahrain and were looking forward to returning there for this year's season opening race,” he commented.
“However, it is with great sadness that we have watched events unfolding there over the past week and it is quite clear that there are far bigger matters at stake than whether a major sporting event can take place.
“Withdrawing from hosting the race at this time was the appropriate course of action and we fully support the decision. We hope that the current unrest in Bahrain can be brought to a peaceful conclusion.
“We will now take part in the final pre-season test, which has been relocated to the Circuit de Catalunya
in Barcelona, Spain, on 8-11 March and we look forward to getting the 2011 season underway in Melbourne at the Australian Grand Prix
on 25-27 March,” Booth summed-up.