F1 » Webber slates F1's lack of 'conscience' over Bahrain

Following the FIA's controversial decision to reinstate the 2011 Bahrain Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing star Mark Webber warns that 'F1 and sport in general isn't above having a social responsibility and conscience'

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dave - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 6:42 PM

Well, if you take the moral high ground, you put yourself up as a target and have your own standards questioned more closely.

What exactly is the difference between Bahrain and say, China ? Seen the Tianamen square Tank Man recently ?

Russia, recently perfectly described as "a Crime organisation masquerading as a State"

When are the Spanish going to be sanctioned for their crowd's Racism ?

Turkey ? Using a F1 podium ceremony to try and legitimise the Governor of the stolen part of Cyprus they invaded ?

How about Abu Dhabi for all the grotesque bigotry shown against Westerners there right now ?

Italy ? Action against Berlusconi for not inviting me to all the Bunga Bunga parties ?

Where do you stop ?

Gerry Robertson - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 7:49 PM

I am in full agreement with Mark Webber that sport is not above having a social conscience. As a long-standing fan of F1 I have struggled to accept the races going to China and Turkey but this attempt to ignore the suffering of the Bahraini people is a step I cannot ignore. To run the race would give support to the regime in Bahrain which is clearly seeking to eliminate protest and dissent through violence and intimidation against a largely unarmed and peaceful opposition. Yesterday, a spokesman for the government said that "sport transcends politics". In some cases this is true but sport should never ignore oppression and suffering. If this race takes place I, personally, will boycott it and will no longer consider buying F1 merchandise or attending any future Grand Prix. It is time to stand beside the people of Bahrain against tyranny,persecution, and the politics of power and wealth. I ask that all readers of these comments follow suit and I encourage Mark Webber to vote with his fe


June 04, 2011 8:07 PM
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gerry. had you bought a ticket to bahrain? it is easy to boycott the race, if you were never going there anyway. and you will no longer "consider" buying f1 merchandise? and you will stand beside the people of bahrain? why not stand by the people of bahrain, including the opposition party, who WANT the race. and you wont attend another f1 race? how many have you attended in the past? words are easy to use! will you withdraw support for mclaren, who, it has been pointed out, are 40% owned by bahrain?

Clarrie - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 8:48 PM

"why does he not come out now, and say that he will not race there?" Richard 107SS

Because Mark has agreed on a handshake to honour a Redbull contract however he has unlike other drivers got the backbone to slam the decision to race in Bahrain so why slam him and not the other drivers - get real.


June 04, 2011 8:51 PM

It is not good enough for anybody involved in F1 to come out and say F1 should not be going racing over there as it will only be a personal opinion.
Personal opinion has a right to be expressed but sometimes the right to express personal opinion is used to foment/gain support for such opinions which leaves one exposed as lacking the balls for saying I will not be going racing over there.

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