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 05, 2011 3:20 PM

spf1. i have seen no reports of tear gas being used, but this is quite normal , even in paris, and london, if there is a student demo or such like. it is classed as normal demo control. commodore has put it wisely. and dont forget, there is still5 months before the scheduled race. plenty of time to change things, should the situation alter.

there are human rights issues, in almost every country in the world, but we dont ostracise them because of it.

give the bahrainis the chance to proe they have the issues under control. they have their form of democracy. it mightnt conform to western democracy, but we cannot force them to change.

pitstop - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 3:32 PM

Richard,the more i have read about this the more i don't think that they should go anywhere near the place,how can anyone be 100% sure that everyone is going to be ok safety wise,if someone can run onto an F1 track when a race is going on then i would not like to think what could happen here.This race needs to be moved to somewhere else that is 100% safe,France would be the ideal place.


June 05, 2011 3:39 PM

newbie. nobody is 100% safe anywhere! brazil? look at last year. korea? maybe an outbreak of hostilities. india? maybe the residents who are being forcibly repressed, will stop the race? etc etc. how can you even know what the country will be like in 5 months? they deserve a chance to prove the situation is normal.

Stand your ground MW - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 4:38 PM
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Indeed, I am interested to see if MW will take part if the Bahrain race goes ahead.So, he sure may have put himself in a bind. I dont care. My admiration for him for coming out like this doesn't change. It is also not diminished by his not havind said anything about China or Turkey and racing there. More power to him.

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Bahrain F1 Fan - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 5:16 PM

Pitstop, I'm suprised you trying paint the picture that Bahrain isn't safe eventhough its a lot safer than brazil and south africa where the world cup was held.
And no. No tear gas was used since march 15 when the gulf shield forces enetered Bahrain. Its been quiet since. Ill confirm because I'm here and you are there.

Bahrain F1 Fan - Unregistered

June 05, 2011 5:53 PM

Ill disagree with you jimbo.

We are talking about safety here. Let's assume u are right that they are targeting the gp. But the gp was held since 2004 and there is not 1 report that teams, drivers, or fans were ever injured whatsoever or even threatened.

On the other hand, brazil is not a safe country and let's not forget the incident where button was threatened at gun point a few years ago. Should I mention how bad south africa is yet that didn't stop fifa from going there which ironically will be going to brazil next.

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