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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f1fanatic - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 7:40 PM

@Donald - It is becoming very evident that you're just an anti-American bigot. There are about 7 billion people in this world, so your opinion is not the only one that counts. So if you don't like racing in "third world countries," then stop watching it, and only watch the races that happen in so called "civilized" country such as England. I bet with you being English that you would even find it hard naming another country which you would call "civilized." Last I checked, Brazil overtook UK as sixth largest economy in the world. Considering YOU would probably say that Brazil is a third world country, that would make England also a third world country. Based upon your theories, then there should be no GP held in England. Not all Americans (Yanks as you kindly put it) know Sebastien Vettel, but they know good racing when they see one. If F1 manages to put on a good show in America, then they would embrace it. If not, then they can simply turn to many different forms of motorsports t

stuart - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 7:53 PM

@Taz

You've sold me it mate. It would travel to the frozen wastelands of mid-century Scotland to see an F1 race at Knockhill. It would be the greatest spectacle in the known universe...why inst this happening?

Less pointless/faceless Herman CAD-built tracks and more races at Knockhill "The home of rain and ace crashes"

pcxmac - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 8:25 PM

so if a country willfully places its citizens in immediate danger visa vie illegal actions, this should be protested? Should Silverstone be banned too?

179 fatalities in Iraq (since 2003) , ... Just because the UK helped colonize and oppress it after world war 1, does this mean it should expend it's own citizens lives to continue more of the same?

spaul40 - Unregistered

April 02, 2012 9:45 PM

What can we expect at the race? How about some "peaceful" protesters running out on the track and getting flattened by a car traveling about 190 MPH. What will it do to the driver? Bernie, what are you going to tell the drivers family. I hope they sue your stubborn butt!

Taipan

April 03, 2012 12:27 AM

If Bahrain is deemed unsafe to visit by the powers at be then the race should be canceled, but that's not the case. So what the majority of you want is for F1 to make a decision based on purely political grounds. I'm not going to name other countries of questionable political morality (I could name many) but if F1 as an organisation has a right to pass judgment on one venues politics, then it has an obligation to pass judgment on ALL venues politics, do you really want that? do you really think the people that run F1 are qualified to do that? I don't.
How many of your governments are placing serious sanctions on Bahrain? Has NATO or the UN placed sanctions or deployed a "peace keeping" force to Bahrain? No they haven't yet politics is their business but you lot think it's up to F1 to show Bahrain the error of their ways?

Mark _

April 03, 2012 1:00 AM

Taipan - the difference is that in Bahrain unlike most other races the race is being put on by the government. They are using the race for political gain. As long as the monarchy is the race owner/organizer it will be tied to Bahrains politics and policies. The safety of the F1 community is the least of it. If they want to go to a troubled country then that is their choice.

Googolplex

April 03, 2012 3:11 AM

Taipan,

Bernie justifies the race going ahead on the basis that it could be used to unite the people of Bahrain. That is a political judgment no matter which way you slice it.

QUOTE - 'Ecclestone continued to voice the shared belief that staging the race could be used as a means of uniting the people of Bahrain'

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