F1 » Pressure builds on Bahrain GP

Human rights groups ramp up calls for teams and drivers to oppose the running of the 2012 Bahrain GP.

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January 09, 2012 12:17 PM

taz. exactly what i was going to say. now the whole arguments from the anti brigade will start again. if it is safe ....race.
i know a number of people who have travelled there over the last six months, and they say everything is peaceful. heres hoping.

Collin - Unregistered

January 09, 2012 1:08 PM

unfortunately this has nothing to do with sports. bahrein government was against the invasion of Lybia by NATO and Al-Qaeda troops and the invasion o middle-east all together so automatically Bahrein is being treated as an enemy of the "west" for wanting peace in the region.


January 09, 2012 1:21 PM

It's a bit of a slippery slope when we start going on about human rights violation, there shouldn't really be a GP in China if that was the case.

It's all about money, Bernie would hold one in North Korea if they paid him enough.

Josh - Unregistered

January 09, 2012 5:02 PM

Richard - did you know that North Korea, contrary to popular belief, is quite a safe place? Given the strict authoritarian government, with a large military and police presence on the streets of Pyongyang, it would be perfectly safe to hold an F1 race there. I don't need to spell it all out, because I'm sure you know what I'm getting at. Just because a place is 'safe' doesn't make it ethical to conduct business there.


January 09, 2012 6:02 PM

i see that it didnt take long for the anti middle east crowd to press the disagree button.
josh. if bernie arranged a race in n korea, i can bet that he would. as long as it was safe, there is no reason to take a political stance because you dont like their politics.
if that was so, there would be no usa gp, for a number of reasons, no chinese gp, no ukgp, no indian gp etc etc. it is possible to find a political reason for blacking nearly every gp

Mark _

January 09, 2012 6:14 PM

Richard - I know why you like Bahrain, it is because you can put your head in sand and pretend that everything is fine. This is about human rights not politics. To say that it is just political really is disengenuous. As others have rightly posted there should be no race in China either. I still am not sure if you are denying that there are problems in Bahrain or saying that they have the right to kill or jail those who protest or provide medical assistance to protesters?


January 09, 2012 6:22 PM

mark. i dont intend to go political, but i take it that you are american. may i suggest that you have a look at your own country's record on the same issues. but i do not tar all americans with the same brush.

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