F1 » FIA backs Bahrain to stage GP

Motorsport's governing body has said that the Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead, despite calls for the event to be cancelled for a second straight season.

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April 13, 2012 8:18 PM

No such problems at the Dubai Grand Prix of 1981 hosted by HRH Sheikh Bin Said Al Maktoum. Ok there wasn't actually a GP car there, but the main race was won by 18stone Gerry Marshall in a Lola t70,(Big G also did cartwheels at the prize giving ball, and Innes Ireland wore his kilt!) There was a 917, M1B Ferrari P4,David Pipers 250LM Stirling, Derek Bell Dan Gurney, Nick Mason etc etc.

Ah, those were the days.


April 13, 2012 8:26 PM

mark. you are losing me totally with your mixed up comments. first of all you claim that bahrain is political by the opponents of the rulers. then when i point out that the us are one of the main offenders at using sports as a political tool, you agree with me and then say that i am getting your message?

read my posts on the subject. i have always said that f1 and politics do not go together. and these protestors are trying to get political gain from staging violent protests at an f1 race. it can only backfire on them.

Angelina - Unregistered

April 13, 2012 8:37 PM

Richard, Mark
You both are agreeing to the same point that "Sports should not mix with politics".

Mark is of the opinion that since Bahrain GP is held by rulers ie. govt, it should not go ahead.

Richard thinks that F1 should not care whether a govt. hosts/funds a race or a private sponsor hosts/funds the race.

Mark _

April 13, 2012 8:43 PM

richard - maybe you don't get it after all. Governments should not put on sporting events. I don't know how else to word it so that you understand. Obviously your Olympic example was down to seveal countries protesting the actions of the government putting on that event. So it was not possible to seperate the event from the Soviet government. If the race in Bahrain was being put on by Disney or Apple and not the government there would not be as much opposition to it. The host government does not get a free pass on their policies just because now it is in the sports marketing business.

As someone who clearly does not want politics to interfere with a motor race surely you can see the advantage of keeping governments as far away from hosting a race as possible? Maybe I am overestimating your ability or more likely your willingness to make this connection.


April 13, 2012 8:59 PM

angelina. you have it right. but there is no need for mark belittling me, is there?
maybe because i am from from europe, i look at things differently to the american view? i certainly do not agree with the american iron fist philosophy, which sees them entering countries to impose their form of democracy. it has not been very successful !

Mark _

April 13, 2012 9:14 PM

richard - I did not call you out by name in my original posts. You took it upon yourself to make it personal. The sad thing is that we agree (even if you won't admit it). Yet you try to make this about American foreign policy even though that has nothing to do with F1. Why do you feel that it is so important to have governments involved with hosting races?


April 13, 2012 9:19 PM

mark. angie got it! i care not who hosts the race. what i care about is the efforts of those who try to disrupt it for political means. most races have full government input. if you dont agree with it, why do you watch?

Angelina - Unregistered

April 13, 2012 9:40 PM

Lets not talk about govt policies. No reason to belittle our govt's policy.

Richard is not insisting on a govt sponsored race. Since the race is in calender, it should go ahead that's his opinion

Mark _

April 13, 2012 9:47 PM

richard - to take it to the extreme then you would have no problem with a race being put on by the governments in Syria or Zimbabwe, as long as it is safe? I watch the sport because I love it. Having said that I see a real problem with governments being in the business of holding races. Clearly what is happening in Bahrain highlights this. When people are being oppressed they care little about proper protocol just because now the government is in the sports business.

Maybe it is somewhat cultural given that the US is more infavor of small government and Europe is more socialized and wants government involved in most everything.

Angelina - Unregistered

April 13, 2012 10:01 PM

Don't put words in Richard's mouth.
The case of Bahrain is much different than Syria or Zimbabwe.

Bernie should not make a contract with the government. Why are you attacking a poster?

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