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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June 04, 2011 9:02 PM

clarrie. if any other driver came out with the same remarks as mark, my response would be the same. however, NO other driver has made such comments as yet, but if they do, then i hope that they stand by their "consience" and state that they will not drive. but my bet is that they will all attend.


June 04, 2011 9:10 PM

Clarrie, so according to you he is preferring to stand by his handshake agreement and just using his big gob as is usual with him to express his dislike of having to go racing over there, he would have gained some of my admiration by saying he will not go racing over there.

Jan - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 9:15 PM

I was going to post along the same lines as Dave. My first though on reading Webber's public comments were, but what about your moral conscience when it comes to racing in China? Hypocrisy? Frankly I think it's more likely to do with fear of going to Bahrain (possibly justified), but then again, how many times have team members been attacked in Brazil, yet they still go year after year.

Darioi - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 9:21 PM

@Dave - so where *do* you stop? You can find fault with any country in the world. So there should not be any racing anywhere, no social events, no sponsorship of anything.

I'm not saying that what's going in Bahrain is OK. I'm saying that there are levels of government mistreatment of its citizens at which you take a stand. It shouldn't preclude you from drawing a line somewhere, nor should it make you a hypocrite.

As for still racing, I'm sure he'd get into some legal/financial issues if you refused to drive, unless he intentionally injured himself.

t&w - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 9:30 PM

i think the main problem is that this is a straight bahrani royal family (the ones committing human right abuse) sponsored race, IIRC the other races are either local government or private run races.
f1 is seen as supporting an authoritarian government, and trying to promote them.

jose - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 11:19 PM

Two thumbs up for Formula one driver Mark Webber.
Bravo. His cards are on the table, who will step up next and show his hand, Not many I bet..
Not sure Red Bull the sponsor, will want to be seen
supporting that lovely collection of wealthy mobsters controlling Bahrain.
I still have trouble believing that the FIA and Uncle Bernie's clan would still try and stage this travesty.
Another question is how many teams will simply say,
not me baby, No way...


pitstop - Unregistered

June 04, 2011 11:48 PM

Webber's big mouth has won him lots of new fans because like to hear what drivers really think now and again,when he said "not bad for a number 2 driver" he was only saying what he really believed to be the case that he was being treated as a number 2.By coming out and saying this loads more people now are going to admire him now,and it is nice to see that Webber has finally got his mind sorted out properly again.

Jimbo - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 12:09 AM

I think Webber is so confident that the race won't go ahead that he didn't need to say that he will boycott the race.

If it does, don't be surprised if he doesn't go - it looks like it could be his last year anyway.

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