F1 » Todt speaks out in favour of Bahrain GP

FIA President Jean Todt has added his support for the Bahrain Grand Prix, insisting that the media reports do not convey what F1 teams and personnel are seeing on the ground.

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Sharp 999S

April 21, 2012 7:02 PM
Last Edited 1472 days ago

Why not? F-1 has always been political and hypocritical. China has violated thousands of it's own citizens rights and suppresses media reports wehn applicable. Tiananmen square wasn't in Bahrain was it? There was no outrage in China!

Lar - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 7:24 PM

Of course Tod and Breni wanted to go ahead it means millions to their personal wealth .. last year was cancel by the so called government / royal family so the boys still got their money .. if the FIA cancelled this year .. no money for berni and Todd ... lets not fool ourselves Berni and Todd dont care for the sport .. fans .. Drivers .. all they care for is money and if that fact was ever in doubt it has been clarified this weekend ... for Todd to say he dosent know what is gonin on in Baharin and to call it a demoricy is an insult to everyone ... and finally a man died today so berni and Jean Todd can grow their personal wealth .. say's a lot about the indivudals .. time for fans and sponsers to speak ...

Conger - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 8:01 PM

It may not feel like it sometimes but we in the UK have the privilege to live under a democracy with rights coming out of our ears as citizens.

In Bahrain you at best get very limited human rights and little choice on how things are run. Fine if the royals act in a benevolent manner but they are not.

It is middle class professinal people arguing for democratic change intellectuals not a rioting mass of nonchalant criminals like we had in the UK.

They should be listened to and respected.


April 21, 2012 9:32 PM

Why does this Bahrain affair manage to attract so many truly bonkers comments?

Lar - Todd is the elected president of the FiA, he does not get paid millions if F1 races in Bahrain!

Conger - "it is middle class professional people arguing for democratic change intellectuals not a rioting mass of nonchalant criminals like we had in the UK. They should be listened to and respected"

So those masked people throwing petrol bombs and rocks, setting fire to cars and buildings and promising "3 days of rage" to coincide with a sporting event are professional, intellectual and should be respected? What utter garbage!

Sadoldgit - Unregistered

April 21, 2012 10:12 PM

Well. How many sporting events over the decades have been caught up with protests against the authorities ruling that country at that time? Truly despicable regimes, such as Apartied - yes, I visited S.A. during those times and do know how bad it was - they are the ones that sport should avoid but political reformation should NOT be allowed to be used as a focal point. Sport does not condone or condemn and SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO.

pcxmac - Unregistered

April 22, 2012 12:34 AM

nobody is going to be too sympathetic to a group of people who allow its protests to include fire bombing people. That really isn't protesting, that's called armed combat, and the fact that the police are not gunning down people in the streets for throwing fire bombs at them, tells me the majority are not really to concerned about winning any hearts or minds.

BTW, I read a story about a woman who was forced to have an abortion in China, saw an image of her dead unborn baby in a bucket of water, during around the time F1 was there, didn't hear anyone talking about China and how it forces population control it's people.

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