F1 » Protest death casts new cloud over Bahrain

Increased reporting of the situation in Bahrain shows that last week's positive vibe about the country's grand prix could yet be misplaced.

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April 02, 2012 1:06 PM

The Sunni minority rulers want you there Bernie to give them credibility, but the Shiite majority protesters are asking that it not be staged. How you can say you are uniting the people of Bahrain by holding the race is anyone's guess.

Stop the spin and be honest about the fact that you want to run the race there because they paying a sheeetload for the rights. The stands will be half full of people if they are lucky. It looks like another modern soleless desert venue that Bernie is so keen to promote.


April 02, 2012 1:06 PM

i am supportive of the race going ahead, but it appears that the protest groups are determined to cause as much distruption as possible. whereas i also support peaceful protest, if the protestors are determined to turn the country into chaos, in a deliberate move, then there is obviously a risk.

a protest would be much more effective if held peacfully, than turning the situation into a battle.


April 02, 2012 1:26 PM


We have a circuit in Scotland called Knockhill, it's perfect for F1.

I've been round Knockhill in single seaters, a Superbike and a legend hot rod, I tell you, it'll be great, you might have to queue for 4 hours at the pitstop diner and you'll be soaked but you'll see some good crashes and it would be an 150 lap race.

jose - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 1:29 PM

After all that has happened in Bahrain Richard you still
want to show your disrespect for the people. Now I'm not
amused nor surprised. I repeat this is not the time for
staging a race.
Not only is it blatantly disrespectful, its "in your face
contempt". To Uncle Bernie, go ahead do your thing,
but never forget, what goes around comes around.
The people of Bahrain will in the end get what they want!
Talking about stupidity..

Badman, Jose


April 02, 2012 1:35 PM


I don't want them to go as it's a dreadful race and a waste of three hours of my life watching that.

Don't see anything particularly wrong with what Richard said, one man's thug is another mans freedom fighter, depends on your point of view


April 02, 2012 1:43 PM

jose. what is wrong with asking for PEACEFULL protest?
and i am offended that you think that i am 'stupid' just because i have an opinion that might differ to yours. i could give you dozens of examples in the us, where violent protests have been put down by the government sources.
advocating that a sporting event be cancelled in view of threats of violence from protestors, is not the way to go, and gives in to those who are committed to violence.


April 02, 2012 1:50 PM


APPARENTLY, when the protests broke out last year they WERE peaceful, and teargas and rubber bullets were fired by the authorities, and the Protests are still going on. So, clearly the government there is not exactly concerned with what it's people are calling for in the SLIGHTEST.

It's sad, because here in South Africa, the lazy people who want everything handed to them on a silver platter strike every second week, bringing things to a stand still, and get what they want every time, then strike again in 6months. BUT THESE PEOPLE WANT DEMOCRACY, not the free hand outs South African "citizens" call democracy, and they get overlooked continuously...

Nick - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 1:57 PM

I have mixed feelings about this race going ahead. I know why Michael Schumacher wants it to go ahead!! - He goes well there & having played this on the PS3 I know why - the track layout is superb with a great mid part technical section that is challenging & rewarding when driven on the edge! However I was also shocked to see last years footage of protesters being brutally shot dead for just walking down a street. I hope everyone can find peace and just enjoy the racing.

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