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Foreign Office issues Bahrain warning

Saturday 19th February 2011

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Foreign Office issues Bahrain warning

Foreign Office issues Bahrain warning

The United Kingdom's Foreign Office has warned against all non-essential travel to Bahrain, the venue for the first race of the season.

Bahrain is scheduled to host the season-opener on 13 March, however, political unrest, which has resulted in the loss of lives, has thrown the race into doubt.

Bernie Ecclestone has already stated that he will wait until next week before making a decision on whether the teams will head to Bahrain for the scheduled March 3-6 test.

The big decision, though, will be whether or not to drop the grand prix, which is scheduled for March 11-13, in light of the unrest in the island kingdom.

And with many of the F1 teams based in the UK, the F1 supremo may take his advice from the Foreign Office.

"Following violence over recent days, and most recently on the evening of 18 February, we advise British nationals to avoid all but essential travel to Bahrain," said the United Kingdom's Foreign Office in a statement.

"We also advise British nationals currently in Bahrain to monitor the media, to limit travel around the island to essential journeys only, and not to go out when demonstrations are taking place.

"If travelling within Bahrain, British nationals should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places and on major highways, and avoid large crowds and demonstrations."

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