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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Donald - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 5:04 PM

F1 gets itself in this mess by going to these far off places with no F1 history and war on it's doorstep, just because these places mean more cash for King Bernie.

They should ditch Bahrain, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, India, the US etc and go back to proper race tracks in proper countries, like Imola, Estoril and the Nurburgring.


April 02, 2012 5:06 PM

There have been plenty of peaceful protests but noone is listening. Nor is there a way of getting one's voice heard through parliamentary procedures or elections. I think it speaks for itself that Bernie and the royal family were doing their best to sweep the continued unrest under the rug and seemed rather successful in doing so until the violence erupts again.

It is often said that F1 should stay out of politics - and I agree with that. But at this point, the Grand Prix has become a political manifestation in itself and that's exactly why I think it should not be held.

maxx - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 5:16 PM

I am sure the teams have to say they support racing there due to so much sponser money that come to them from the region.

What's important to the teams:

Money - 99.9%
Fans - .1%

Ptolomy - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 5:20 PM

There are plenty of other places wanting to take Bahrain's spot. France. Indy. Mexico. Russia. South Africa. Argentina? Austria?
Get rid of Bahrain.
What better way for a "protester" to be heard than to do something dreadful to Someone in F1?


April 02, 2012 5:42 PM

They should ditch Bahrain, Korea, Abu Dhabi, Singapore, India, the US etc and go back to proper race tracks in proper countries, like Imola, Estoril and the Nurburgring.

Posted by Donald - Unregistered (30 minutes ago)

Donald don't be daft! Even "proper countries," have problems with their economies that staging an F1 race is expensive enough! How many times was Spa pulled out because they can't pay Bernie's outrageous fees? How many times was Silverstone threatened in favor of Donnington Park? When was the last time we saw a race in Imola or Estoril? Think they have the fees to pay up?

Donald - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 5:56 PM

A proper country is one where there is no war on, no civil unrest and where people live show a decent standard of living.

F1 was born in Europe, and far too many GP's have gone elsewhere. Whilst I do agree that some countries elsewhere in the world should get a GP, it should be countries that share these common values. Australia for example, where the land is peaceful and the people living there know what a bath is (unlike the middle east). Or Japan, where the technology and car markets are so relevant to F1.

I discount the US because most Americans couldn't point to Europe on a map of Europe. Most of them also show no interest in F1.

The calendar circa 1995 would be ideal, except for Argentina. Those scallywags are still trying to stir up trouble over the Falklands.



April 02, 2012 6:08 PM

texas. are you trying to say that even the usa and uk are blameless in relation to civil rights and atrocities? well, you must have led a very sheltered life.
as regards protestors, ghandi showed that peaceful protest is more effective than violent protest.
and then you go on to say the minority have a right to be heard? i agree, but if you refer to facts of bahrain, you will find that the ruling party in bahrain, is in fact a minority. or maybe you are accepting that the protestors are a minority of the majority party?
but this is a motorsport forum, not a political forum, and i do not like the fact that some are trying to make political statements here.

IF IT IS SAFE, the race should go ahead

Donald - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 6:34 PM

I didn't say San Marino, I said Imola. And yes, Imola has far more historic relevence for F1 than the USA.

It also happens to be a far more interesting circuit than any of the monstrosities we have had for the US GP in recent history. Vegas, Dallas, Pheonix, Indy etc, all absolute tosh.

I'd far rather watch a GP at Imola with the tifosi lining the circuit than at some modern borefest in Texas with 3 hot-dog wielding fatties who got lost on their way to the baseball.


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