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Bahrain situation worsens as GP2 practice cancelled

The situation in Bahrain has continued to worsen.

With F1 testing and the season opener now looming in the near future, practice for the GP Asia series at the Sakhir circuit near Manama was postponed on Thursday.

The official reason is that medical staff scheduled to be at the track were called to the hospitals as anti-government protesters clash violently with police.

A statement issued by GP2 confirmed that the reason for the 24 hour postponement is “due to the current local events”.

FIA president Jean Todt has been quoted as playing down the situation.

“I always try not to overreact on breaking stories,” he told the Irish Independent.

“Of course the essence of the FIA is safety; safety on the racing car, safety on the road, safety in our organisation.  So that’s what we are claiming, but at the moment there is no reason to have unnecessary concern,” he said.

CNN reports that it was a particularly violent night in Bahrain, involving clashes with rubber bullets and tear gas and at least three more people killed.