Red Bull driver, Mark Webber believes the decision to cancel the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix will not affect his teams’ preparations for the 2011 campaign.
The race was postponed because of civil unrest in the country and the season will now begin a fortnight later in Australia on 27 March.
“I don’t think the extra two weeks will make a huge difference,” Webber said. It’s the same for everybody. We are always prepared to race in two weeks.”
The Formula 1 teams were due to complete their winter testing at Bahrain’s Sakhir Circuit between 3-6 March before taking part in the race meeting over the following weekend.
However, the race was called off on Monday by Bahrain’s Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa so the country could focus on its “national interest”.
The FIA welcomed the decision to postpone the Bahrain Grand Prix, and added that it could still be rescheduled later in the year.
The teams have agreed to return for a second test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on 8-10 March before opening their campaign in Australia, which hosted the season-opener between 1996-2005 and again from 2007-2009.
“The freight will still have to leave for Melbourne pretty early,” said Webber. “I suppose you’ve got another 10 days’ headroom, but it is swings and roundabouts.”