Mark Webber backs Bahrain postponement

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The opening race of the 2011 Formula One season will no longer be taking place in Bahrain, due to the civil unrest that has gripped the country; Mark Webber believes that this was a good call made by the organisers, and that it will not significantly affect any team's performance.

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The race which was due to get this year's season underway was forced into cancellation because of civil unrest in Bahrain; the news was announced by Bahrain's Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Kalifa, who cited a need for the country to focus on its “national interest” as the main reason for the news. This decision was further supported by Bahrain's official sporting body, the FIA, who also added that the race could be rescheduled to take place at a later date this year.

Because of the cancellation of the season's opening race, Australia will be called upon to act as the new host two weeks after Bahrain was scheduled Australia is no stranger to such a request, having hosted the F1 season openers between 1996-2005 and again during 2007-2009.

Red Bull's Mark Webber believes that the decision to postpone any racing in Bahrain was the right one, saying: "I don't think the extra two weeks will make a huge difference,

"It's the same for everybody. We are always prepared to race in two weeks."

"The freight will still have to leave for Melbourne pretty early," added the Australian driver. "I suppose you've got another 10 days' headroom, but it is swings and roundabouts."

The sentiments were echoed by McLaren team Principal Christian Horner, who also gave the decision to postpone the race his full support.

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