F1 » Bahrain GP in chaos as staff arrested and sacked

Just a week away from D-Day for Bahrain's chances of securing a rescheduled slot on the F1 2011 calendar, it has emerged that almost a quarter of staff at the Sakhir circuit have been suspended or dismissed

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Olek - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 3:24 PM

Bernie wants to use the water cannons that the Bahrain govt uses on protestors on the track to create "rain". He also likes the money the Bahrains shell out for him where he makes it rain in his suite.

Zz - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 3:44 PM

After Ecclestone's notorious comments revealing his admiration for Hitler because he was a "man who was able to get things done", (yeah, things such as setting up a vicious fascist dictatorship, starting a global war and murdering millions of innocent people, Bernie!), it would surprise nobody if he tries to get this race to go ahead. With comments like that, the rulers of Bahrain can't be blamed for assuming that an anti-democratic state which violently suppresses dissent is going to be near the top of the list of Bernie's favourite racing venues.

email@email.com - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 4:07 PM

I don't think I've ever been truly "disgusted" with something related to motorsport because in the grand scheme of things, motorsport is not really that important. Starvation, injustice, oppression... those are things that are truly weighty. But the fact that F1 as an organization has not come out with an explicit statement decrying the situation and vowing not to have any dealings with such countries is disgusting. Absolutely disgusting.

Hmmm - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 4:47 PM

100 years from now, "civilized" societies may look back at the year 2011, & point fingers at barbaric societies like "The West" who let people live without shelter & food while others lived in total excess - all due to an obsolete thing called money.

Don't automatically assume your way is the right way.

Phil - Unregistered

May 26, 2011 6:44 PM

With Saudi troops in Bahrain busily trashing all places of religious worship, and arresting locals it is not right to hold a GP there. Many of the medical staff have been beaten and removed from the hospitals. Where they have been taken to !, answers on a psotcard. If it goes ahead, it is nothing more than money making for Bernie and the rest. This does not send out good signals.


May 26, 2011 6:51 PM

i think that some posters are just looking for an excuse to cancel a race, any race. there are a number of gps that are held in countries where there is, or who practice some form of oppression. we might as well call off the indian gp, the us gp, the chinese gp, the korean gp, and even the british gp, all these have recently been seen to cause the death of civilians! we do not know the full story of bahrain, but at the end of the day, if there is a danger to the sporting fraternity, then i am sure the apropriate action will be taken.

Andrew Short - Unregistered

May 27, 2011 11:55 AM

This race should be cancelled.

Bahrain's absolute monarchy has engaged in some of the most barbaric behaviour in the last couple of months - threatening to rape school girls, arresting doctors, and handing out the death penalty to peaceful protestors.

And Bernie Ecclestone calls them "all nice people"!

What an utter disgrace.

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