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 2:10 PM

The question of, whether this race should go ahead or not, has become political ping pong. This puts a damper on the sport and should be removed from the calander once and for all. No sane person would be rushing out to buy tickets for this event. Bernie is directly responsible for this mess. We need F1 to be raced at the traditional western world circuits where the majority of F1 followers come from anyway.


April 02, 2012 2:26 PM
Last Edited 1410 days ago

@MikeG I agree that this situation has put a damper to the sport and I'm not all too fond of some of the new circuits. The trouble is that Formula is so global now that there are markets in Asia where F1 has a huge following for example Japan, the Philippines and India that they would want to have races closer to home since going to the more traditional Western circuits like Monza and Silverstone is restrictive for some of these nationals who require a visa and they are not always easy to get as well as expenses like airfare, lodging and tickets. In regards to Bahrain it should be cancelled.


April 02, 2012 2:38 PM


You wouldn't say it, watching foreign TV that makes it look like either the land of milk and honey or the place where people have to plough fields by hand and tame elephants to travel on...

But thanks, your comment made me laugh!


April 02, 2012 2:54 PM

@Arcuid, I agree with your comment completely. We certainly do want the sport to be global and the races in Japan , Asia , Singapore etc are fantastic. My problem is with having races in countries where the majority of the people do not support F1 , or more importantly cannot afford to support F1. The lavish extravagance of the F1 circus rubbed in the faces of these people, so that Bernie can make a few bucks, is wrong.

dave - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 2:58 PM

I find it interesting that driver input regarding engine formula and aerodynamics are overlooked, but somehow their views concerning geopolitical concerns are of paramount importance, and whatever they say exposes them to ridicule.
Whether they race in Bahrain or not does not require driver input. It requires leadership and common sense, and it requires Bernie to recognize Bahrain is much more than a few of his very wealthy associates.
This should be a very easy decision to make.
Don't go.

paddock whisperer - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 3:13 PM

We have not received any information about cancellations and freighting for the Grand Prix has already started, to account for the days lost due to Easter.

Bernie is a family friend of the Royal Family in Bahrain. This is why he did not charge them for the race last year. And this is primarily why he is unwilling to cancel the race this year. The royal family severed ties with Max Mosley after the sex scandal and forbade him from attending the race. Ever since, Bernie has represented all of F1's interest to them. Until the Prince says so, all indications are that the GP is going to go ahead.


April 02, 2012 3:39 PM

paddock whisperer. "WE.."????? if you are some official spokesman, maybe you could reveal your identity. otherwise, i will assume that you are some existing poster trying to make people believe that you are an insider? happens quite a lot on websites!

you say that bernie wasnt paid last year? well he certainly got his deposit, and that was not returned. see last years stories!

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