F1 » Hill casts doubt over Bahrain


Damon Hill raises new questions about whether Bahrain should go ahead

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mrfill

April 05, 2012 1:05 PM

Have things changed? By all accounts the only thing that has changed is Damon. Saudi troops are still there, people are still being shot/beaten and protests continue but at least Hill has removed the BernieVision rose tinted glasses.
The first casualty of war is the truth and the 'everything is fine and perfectly safe' line spun by the apologists so far is losing its sparkle.

The concern I have is what will happen if there is an incident and who will be held responsible (financially and morally). If there are any protests at the track I just hope they can be limited to a bit of shouting and banner waving but its beginning to look like the only way to avoid an incident is to cancel the race. There is still a couple of weeks to go for the race but if the decision is not made by Monday it will be too late.
The race is being used as a political tool by both sides for opposite reasons and that is wrong.

stu - Unregistered

April 05, 2012 1:11 PM

Wise words.

I never even realised that that race was 'exclusive' to Sky...not that this has anything to do with money...

"Some things are more important than contracts," It's a pity another grey haired person would never think this.

Taipan

April 05, 2012 1:11 PM

"Dhill The voice of reason as ever" lol

The same voice of reason that 3 months ago claimed we could go back to Bahrain with a clear conscience.
Sadly when the misguided peeps at Sky decided to give "the voice of reason" a microphone he feels the need to spout whatever he thinks the public want to hear and if that means he has to contradict himself on a monthly basis so be it.

Googolplex

April 05, 2012 1:19 PM

An understandable view of many who post on this site is that F1 should not be involved in judging political regimes when deciding whether or not to conduct a race, otherwise it is said that quite a few of the races should not go ahead. It is said those judgments should be left to appropriately skilled international political agencies like the UN.

I don't accept that, because as Damon Hill points out-

“Promoting the race as 'Uniting Bahrain', whilst a laudable ambition, might be elevating F1 beyond even its own prodigious powers."

It's not a laudable ambition, it's bloody pretentious arrogance on the part of Bernie and his mates. So I say if you're so up yourself as to believe that BS, then the race should be cancelled because you are not unifying Bahrain but only adding to their problems.

Maroc - Unregistered

April 05, 2012 1:35 PM

Hill has a point, Bernie is being away to Confident and cocky about going to Bahrain, He seems to think it's just a bunch of Vandals with nothing better to do. F1 has a global audience and it would be an ideal target to disrupt, Unless Bernie knows something we dont.

jose - Unregistered

April 05, 2012 1:37 PM

Crash I'm going to have a say. Delete if you like, Nothing
changes.

Willing to bet for this UK 'hero' Rain Drops has been falling
on his head most of his life. But giving credit when credit
is due, he finally get the message. Somethings are far more
important than F1 Motor Racing. The World is watching.
What goes around comes around..
Your Dog baby..

Badman, Jose

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