F1 » Booth: No chance of Bahrain substitution

John Booth: It is definitely impractical [to have the Bahrain race somewhere else]. Our sea freight, as did every other team's, left for Bahrain a month ago. A lot of the equipment in the sea freight is vital for the running of the cars.

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jose - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 2:20 PM

Mr. Booth its time for this sport F1, to face up to its moral responsibly in the international world of sports. Doing the Apartheid years in South Africa F1 resisted from doing the right thing for a very long time. The Middle East is changing Mr. Booth, look over over shoulder.
The money Gangsters ruling Bahrain duped you and the money boys of F1 into believing all was quiet on the other side of the fense. F1 failed or ignored the writing or paintings on the walls. Time for Bernie to do the right thing or F1 may never be allowed stage an event
in Bahrain again, Your Loss...


Alan D - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 2:26 PM

This article mentions that the teams were planning to be out there for 16 days. Elsewhere I've heard that there would be around 1500 people needing hotel rooms although presumably not all of them would be out there for all 16 days. However, it probably still amounts to about 20,000 hotel room nights. Then there are all the journalists and TV crews as well, the celebrity circus, and those three guys they were flying in to sit in the main grandstand to make it look like some spectators had turned up. Just the logistics of trying to find that many hotel rooms in any alternative venue at this late stage would be massive.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 2:51 PM

Mike, but their equipment is already on the boat to Bahrain. I guess that at the moment in Spain they've got one set of computers, for example, since they are only running one car, and the other set is in a container on the ship. They probably don't even have a full set in Spain at the moment since all the strategy stations and stuff like that isn't needed in practice, so its probably all been packed away. Inside the garage they have the two cars side by side and each car has a set of tools that hang from cables and air hoses and stuff, and half of that will be at sea now. There's probably all sorts of other stuff like spare exhausts, wheel hubs, etc which they won't use but need during a racing weekend just in case.

MikeG - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 3:05 PM

Hi Alan, Yes I hear you ... just so hard after such a long wait to accept that we are not going to have an opening GP. Can't they just turn the ship around ... decide today ... are ships that slow ? I guess the people in Bahrain waiting for the other containers would be peeved ... Can't they fly the stuff back ?

Rob01 - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 3:08 PM

Whats next? Pirates taking control of the boat full of F1 equipment. No way this race goes on as planned. Read this morning headlines. It's getting nothing but worse. Add the fact that Iran is trying to send its crap navy though the Suez and the picture gets even dimmer.

Alan D - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 3:15 PM

Mike, sea freighting is a bit unpredictable because boats are affected by rough seas and headwinds and stuff and container ships are huge and slow. I know that the boat from China can take anywhere between two and four weeks. And when the ship arrives it sometimes has to sit out in the channel for a day until a berth becomes free in the docks, and then its got hundreds of containers on it, and yours is somewhere in the middle, and its all got to be cleared by customs. So that's why the teams had to ship it off so early.

Taking it off the boat and sticking it on a plane won't be easy since it will be in a great big metal container, not the packing crates you need for air freighting, and there might be pressurised containers which are ok to send by sea but not by air.

Insomniac - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 4:06 PM

Whats to stop them from having a race later in the year somewhere else as a substitutuion, Moto gp switched to Aragon last year from, I think, the Balatonring. Yes it might not be possible for all circuits but I'm sure there'd be one somewhere that'd be willing and up to scratch.

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