It’s official. The Bahrain GP has been struck off the 2011 F1 calendar, again. The Middle East race was originally scheduled as the 2011 season opener, but civil unrest in the country forced the sport’s authorities to postpone the race. Earlier this month, the FIA’s World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) reinstated the race following a satisfactory assessment by FIA VP Carlos Gracia.

FIA gave Bahrain the October 30 slot of the inaugural Indian GP, pushing the new race to be the season finale in December. Then came the protests, from uneasy drivers to vocal human rights groups. The Formula One Teams’ Association (FOTA) umbrella body then rejected the race, and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone also raised his concerns.

The loud chorus forced FIA to reconsider its decision, and the following WMSC fax vote lead to the latest development. India will get back its original October 30 date and the season will end in Brazil on November 27. Bahrain will be back next year to host the 2012 season opener.