F1 » Team bosses insist F1 'can't be political'

Team bosses speaking with the media after Friday's practice sessions at Bahrain International Circuit insisted it would be wrong for F1 to become involved in Bahraini politics.

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Doug Grenfell - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 6:28 PM

The reasons for the unrest in Bahrain is not really political, it is religious. Formula 1 should never become involved in any form of politics neither external or internal. But these teams are paid huge amounts of money to provide entertainment.

Zz - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 6:59 PM

Journalists who have been refused entry include Stuart Ramsay, chief correspondent at Sky News, who is being forced to file coverage from Dubai.

"Govt refuses to explain why I can't come in," Ramsay said on Twitter. "Govt welcomes f1 but not independent journalists who actually understand the complexity of this issue."

What complexity Stuart? Haven't you read the Bahraini Minstry of Information press releases? The country is uniF1ed and fully behind the Crown Prince in supporting his multi-billion pound Scalectrix set. Simples! So there's nothing 'political' to report.


April 20, 2012 7:41 PM

Doug Grenfeld. You cannot seperate politics and religion anywhere, but most certainly in the Middle East.
This is not conservitives vs liberals vying for parlimentry house seats. This is a monarchy of one sect with total control vs everyone else.

Chop Chop - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 7:51 PM

I'm very loyal fan to F1 and I love to watch F1 race as much as possible. However, I don't want some peoples have to suffer for my pleasure.
Yes, I accept that F1 can't be politic but the Bahrain situation is different here.
Bahrain peoples were brutally oppressing by the ruler Bahrain Royal Family and it Government.
If you read news paper and listen to BBC news and then you can know how bad the situation was there.
Bahrain Government is violating basic human right of Bahrain peoples. Even Doctors and Nurses have been jail and given death penalty because of they treated injury peoples who were shooting and beaten by Bahrain riot polices.
One of Bahrainis political prisoner was on hunger strike and dying. Also notorious Bahrain police force is brutally cracking down on demonstrators for Formula 1 race.
Of course, you're exactly supporting Bahrain brutal regime because you went there against Bahrainis peoples' wish.
Formula One can't be politic but Formula One must have moral and ethica

Chop Chop - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 7:58 PM

Formula One can't be politic but Formula One must have moral and ethical standard. Obviously, FAI president Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone decision to go ahead Bahrain GP was supporting Bahrain Royal family and Government because the wealth of Bahrain Royal family these peoples are very important in their high class social circuit.
Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone let down Formula One image and ethical standard.
We are dumb as you think if you say both of you unaware and unexpected for current situation.

# I don't remember when last time F1 was race under curfew is. I don't think F1 has ever race under curfew in other country.
That's legacy of Jean Todt and Bernie Ecclestone, shame on both of you.

Texas Roadhouse

April 20, 2012 8:03 PM

In this part of the world (Mid East), religion and politics are inextricably mixed.

The teams' responses seem naive at best - but then when your team is partly underwritten by a local ruling family, you can hardly step out of line...nothing like biting the hand that feeds you.

fastlane66 - Unregistered

April 20, 2012 8:15 PM

I can't believe some of the stupid idiots are here disagreed with some of good opinions.
Idiots think it alright to go there and enjoy the race when peoples were shot and kill by polices.

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