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 4:02 PM

Mosley wasn't 'kicked out', he was told he wasn't welcome so he never got the chance to turn up to be kicked out.

From what I've seen, Mosley would probably enjoy a boot up the ar4e :)

Texas Roadhouse

April 02, 2012 4:05 PM
Last Edited 1406 days ago

Richard - please get off your soapbox, it's getting tiresome.

We'd all like peaceful protests - just a shame the authorities have to go in with force...how would you have reacted had there been a Burmese/Myanmarese GP when the military juta was in total control??? Still insist that the race should go on??

Whether it's a good or dull race is irrelevant. This present situation is akin to apartheid in South Africa - so use the same means - boycott and ostracise. Worked then.

And to Jose - Bravo for your post

Carl - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:07 PM

Bernie talks about the country having more democracy than many other countries, about them being free to protest etc etc.

We in the West live in a relatively free World, we can do as we please, wear what we want, show affection in public to our loved ones etc.

The race shouldn't be going ahead, it should never have been put back on the calendar in the first place, the people of Bahrain are being suppressed and anyone who dears to speak out against the Crown Prince and his family are dealt with. There are other places we shouldn't be going to (China) with dire human rights but to Bernie it's all about the $ $ Bill.

He couldn't give a monkeys about the people of Bahrain while sat in his Monaco Apartment or in his London Mansion.

I don't think F1 should be a political tool (this counts for both ways) but when there is an obvious breach of human rights and basic humanity not being shown by a country don't you think we owe it to the millions of people of that country to say "sorry Mr Sh

paddock whisperer - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:08 PM

Normally I do not post replies. This time I'll make an exception.

Spaghetti Eddie, have a look at:
visit tinyurl slash c878gh6

(or google for bahrain royal family max mosley)

Richard, Bernie waived bahrain gp's cancellation fees for 2011. The deposit he kept was just a fraction of the loss F1 incurred. Here is a story:
visit tinyurl slash 4q4yt7t

(Or google for Bahrain GP cancellation fees)

apologies that I cannot post web addresses so easily

Carl - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:11 PM

I forgot to say, all I hear is "the safety of the teams" what about the safety of the Bahrain people or does that not count for squit seeing as they are not loaded?

Matt G - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:29 PM

Bottom line, Bernie's only listening to the royals and the teams and drivers are only listening to Bernie!

For the sake of Formula 1, the sport cannot return there for the forseeable future. The Bahraini regime is seen as scum and rightly so. The teams may say "we're just a sport, it's none of our business" but one hell of a lot of people won't accept that Does anyone want our great sport destroyed in the name of human rights? That's what it comes down to.


April 02, 2012 4:32 PM
Last Edited 1406 days ago

texas. this is a FORUM, and people with differing views are fully entitled to air them! if i take a middle line, so what?

by the way, why are you not screaming for china, korea, india, usa, gb etc to be boycotted as well? all have serious human rights issues.

Chris - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 4:43 PM

I can see why the race shouldn't go ahead from a humanitarian point of view, its terrible but at the same time a line has to be drawn where sporting events and politics cannot be involved and should be separated entirely. If politics of another country got involved in F1 then should China have a race? Even the US? Should a race even go ahead in Russia? Neither of those countries are saints themselves.


April 02, 2012 4:50 PM

@MikeG Understand where you are coming from. I would like to know what the numbers are for F1 viewing in the Middle East though. As Googleplex has said Bernie probably got "sheetload," of money for the rights and most know that Bernie worships money. Also going to races can be a lavish expense! I was lucky to go to Japan twice where Mika Hakkinen won both his WDC title and Japan is not cheap and neither is Singapore! Some fans here in the Philippines would love to go see an F1 race live but like I said its expensive but there is a huge following in Asia.

Texas Roadhouse

April 02, 2012 4:58 PM
Last Edited 1406 days ago

Yes, Richard, you are entitled to your view, and have expressed it at every opportunity - as is your right. But please don't add ludicrous comparisons (such as UK and US) to Bahrain, to try to justify your argument.

Your earlier posts inferred that it was the protesters who were at fault for protesting....could you explain the justification for this? Or do you believe that minorities should just bow down to injustices and take their punishment? I'm interested to learn.

And I see 90% voted in the Crash Poll to cancel now....

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