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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Mic - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 7:15 AM

Interesting debate. At the end of the day F1 is a business, and not all firms will withdraw from an area displaying political instability where there is relationships to be upheld, and decent profit to be made. However if the media keep smashing the moral implications aspect... well that may invoke the old ethical withdrawal response perhaps. We shall wait and see. Also - shame it is such a boring track.
(haha CAD designed track - well said).

«2PAC» #ByAnyMeansNecessary

April 03, 2012 7:52 AM

i don't think the race should go ahead simply because i find the thought of a race meeting being held while on the other side of the fence peaceful protesters are being killed repugnant.

the f1 circus goes to no other country where these conditions exist.

i do wonder if the many sponsors in f1 will apply pressure not to go to bahrain since i imagine they wouldn't want their branding associated with the kind of bad publicity that may occur if, god forbid, the protestors get inside the race circuit and decide to use the world wide tv exposure to their advantage.

quentin - Unregistered

April 03, 2012 8:07 AM

venue was dropped last year now looks like the same is going to happen this year just ditch it all together. come on people its a lot of money for the teams and promoters just for entertaining the camels

Texas Roadhouse

April 03, 2012 1:01 PM
Last Edited 869 days ago

Richard - either you are naive beyond belief, or, as I still suspect, you have some form of agenda on this topic. Clearly you have never lived in Bahrain, or any other Middle Eastern country, so have not experienced life in a total dictatorship. The ruling family in Bahrain are Sunni moslems - a small minority in the Kingdom. The majority of the population are Shia - and, as in their neighbours, Saudi Arabia, the Shia faction are oppressed in all manner of ways. They also happen to be the more extreme form of Islam, which may account for the Western countries apparent support of the ruling families in both countries - a quite understandable fear of "another Iran". But that does not make the actions of the Bahrainis right. And by supporting the GP, you are tacitly supporting the ruling regime. Like it or not, those are the facts.

richard

April 03, 2012 2:01 PM

texas. wow! what a rant! so anybody who disagrees with your somewhat blinkered view, is to be subjected to such comments by you?

i have absolutely NO agenda, either for or against the bahrainis, unlike some here. but i do have one agenda....to see f1 race on any track in any country that is deemed safe. and so far, there are NO restrictions on travel, from either the uk or us foreign offices.

i now await for your rant against the indian gp. but i must have missed your rant against the chinese gp in two weeks time. forced child labour, mobile execution vans etc etc.

Taipan

April 03, 2012 2:11 PM
Last Edited 869 days ago

Texas, I don't think you've noticed that Richard's view is one of the few non-political, nonjudgmental posts on this thread, how the hell can you misconstrue that as having an agenda? And dare I ask what sort of agenda are you suggesting?

And you think that by supporting the Bahrain GP means that you're supporting all the wrongs in that country? So if I watch the Austin race this year I will be supporting the incarceration without trial and torture of political prisoners, the vast majority of whom are eventually released without conviction? and all done conveniently out with the jurisdiction of the Geneva Convention. Hmmm I better not watch it then, after all of these years of following F1 I never realised that every time I watched a race I was actually condoning everything that that countries government did, in fact given all that will I be able to watch any race this year with a clear conscience?

And you have the audacity to call someone else naive, ha!

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