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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Chris - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 9:33 AM

As If you are aren't guilty Mark racing the second half of last season while being injured and not informing your team about it.

I advice you to concentrate on racing before Seb wins the championship half way through the season!

Bahrain F1 Fan - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 9:38 AM

UN admits to recieving false reports about Bahrain

today's paper

That tells you how biased the reports of Bahrain was. Not just press reports.

Barry Wilkinson

June 05, 2011 12:06 PM

Interesting comments on this thread some i agree with and some i do not, what is obvious to everyone who follows f1 surely is that if the race goes ahead (which it will as bernie has already said it will) all the teams will go as they signed the concord agreement and the biggest factor will be not want to loose any possibility of gaining more points for the constructors and drivers championship.


June 05, 2011 12:21 PM
Last Edited 1791 days ago

@ Sunny & PCXMAC.

Sunny my feelings on Marks statement are neutral.

It has nothing to do with patriotism

I just feel as Mark is involved as a participant
he should have a view and opinion which he has expressed.Mark is outspoken and has simply had his say. I don't consider the agenda is what you believe. It will be work as normal if the G.P. proceeds on the nominated date. FOTA are still to have their say where opinions appear to be divided. I have aquaintances in Bahrain who compete in the local categories which are presently suspended and they say it is safe whilst the media paints a different picture.I prefer to believe my acqaintances however that may all change by the nominated date.

PXMAC: Yes it is hypocrytical but sometimes regimes and anti-diplomacy managers do not see the forrest beyond the trees and need a message sent which is soul searching for a modern day society

Ben M - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 1:20 PM

"F1 isn't above having a social responsibility and conscience".

No, it's below it and always has been. F1 is nothing more than a playground for the mega-rich. I'm done with this mess of a "sport".


June 05, 2011 1:59 PM
Last Edited 1791 days ago

well done to Webber for saying what he feels, i will never criticise anyone for doing that. When you see something wrong is happening you should speak out. this is a humanitarian story, nothing more, nothing less.
anyone who thinks it's OK to hold a F1 race meeting while kilometers away innocent people are being killed for simply protesting is sick imho.

F1 should hang it's head in shame. the administrators are always talking about the image of F1.. well this isn't enhancing F1's image to non motor racing fans one little bit.


June 05, 2011 2:10 PM

2pac. the protest was three months ao, and there is said to be peace at present, so why should the race not be held. further, the "opposition" party has combined with the ruling party, to say the race should go ahead. so if the bahrainis want the race, and it is safe, then why should the sport be involved in the internal politics of a country? do we say that gps in other countries should not be held, because of past tensions?
surely sport should be about unitng people, and not creating further divide?

SPF1 - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 2:33 PM

@richard - security troops were using tear gas in the past 36 hours - close enough?? NO - there is not peace right now.

Well done to Webber to express his opinion. As a contracted employee, he may not have the option of whether or not to race. But he has stood up and expressed his opinions. Reactions on this comment chain smack of both hypocrisy and sanctimony.


June 05, 2011 2:59 PM

Richard the picture that has been portrayed to me from Bahrain all parties at this time are keen to see
the G.P. in the country and are unified together with being delighted.Motorsport within the Emirates is a major player and the withdrawal of the G.P. was a massive wake up call. In addition to the G.P. all Motorsport has been suspended for approx 3 1/2 months.

From comments passed the G.P. has been a catalyst for unification and has closed the division. In saying this it does not excuse the past actions of Bahrain and total unification is well away. Their are still human rights issues and the rich and the poor.

I suppose the question is will the tension re-create once the G.P. is held and/or despite promises will the opposing party rescind their promise and use the G.P. as a world stage for their protest. I don't know and neither do they. That is the fear of Bahrain.

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