F1 » F1’s stance on Bahrain issue still too cloudy for Hill

Damon Hill admits that he is concerned by F1's refusal to speak out on the situation on Bahrain.

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reem - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 12:15 PM

Everything seems to be cloudy when it comes to Bahrain. While its pouring rain with human rights abuses around the world . Name me a country where the F1 is taking place that doesn't pour with human rights abuses. How ironic to speak from China where Damon's head is clouded on Bahrain. I'm not even going to say more on the rest and would like to see him clouded on the US, UK etc. If Damon visits Bahrain I will be more happy to get him a pair of glasses.

Mark _

April 12, 2013 2:23 PM

With the possible exception of China F1 races in other countries are not being put on by the government or it's ruling family. The government in Bahrain uses the F1 race for political purposes.

Abdulla from Bahrain - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 2:41 PM

@mark you said China. Care to talk about china's human rights record? Care to talk about prioners in guantanamo being held over 10 years without being charged! So much for innocent until proven guilty.
You said China is funded by the govt so is most of the f1 races UAE being another.
The bahrain govt uses f1 for political reasons? Really in lighten me please. FYI we have the boat Show, air show, jewelry exhibition etc with international visitors. It's not just F1 in Bahrain.
Again, wanna talk politics, F1 is in China now so shall we start there or is it just Bahrain?

Mark _

April 12, 2013 3:07 PM
Last Edited 1033 days ago

Abdulla - China is a joke too. Neither of these races can even attrack a large crowd worthy of this caliber of event. Guantanamo is a real problem. These prisoners are not wanted by their home countries. Perhaps Bahrain will step up and give them asylum?

Abdulla from Bahrain - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 3:26 PM

Mark, excellent so if there are problems in places other than Bahrain yet Mr hill decided to ignore that to talk about Bahrain from a country that is a communist and has more human Rights problems than Bahrain! Pathetic.
And since there are problems in more than one country. should F1 stop going there? You said Guantanamo is a huge problem yet F1 is going there. Did Hill talk about the US? Nah he decided to attack Bahrain from China!
2ndly, the prisoners in Guantanamo should go on trial and be formally be charged which didn't happen. Their countries reject them? That's the usual media lies.
Bottom line most countries have their hands dirty with something bad they have done and I decide to stay away from this conversation but can open it if you want.

reem - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 3:54 PM

Mark you state that Bahrain's government uses the F1 for political purposes. Please explain how? Don't just state without evidence. If anyone has been trying to use the race politically it's AlWefaq and their coalition who want nothing more then the race to be stopped to negatively economically impact the country further. Every year Bahrain holds many sporting events ie Golf but I have yet to see the government use anyone of them for political purposes and I have also seen silence on the part of Wefaq. Why? Because those events won't hold any negative impact economically like the F1. Try to understand the methods being used by "pro democracy" protesters who want nothing more than to turn Bahrain back into a desert.

Mark _

April 12, 2013 4:03 PM

@Abdulla - The USGP is not being organized by our government or Obama's family. See the difference?

@reem - Last year there was a PR campaign in Bahrain called UniF1ied which used F1 imagery to imply that Bahrain is unified and that there are no political problems. So far this is the only country that I know of in which a F1 team has had to skip practice because of safety concerns or that had to cancel a GP due to safety concerns. Enough said.

Reem - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 4:16 PM

@mark well I never as a Bahraini noticed nor participated. My main concern is making sure that Bahrain can bounce back and locals can earn some money even if it is for a few days but that hard earned money can go along way especially for the taxi drivers that struggle following the events of 2011. Also understand that people like me can't afford to fly around the world to watch f1 and therefor I welcome it.

Abdulla from Bahrain - Unregistered

April 12, 2013 4:53 PM
Last Edited 1033 days ago

Mark, f1 is an expensive sport and it's not surprising that Gov't pay the bills because the intention at the end of the day is to get the coverage for the country. Prior to F1 back in 2004, hardly anyone knew Bahrain but that's not the case since. And since we have a free trade agreement with the US, Bahrain is using F1 to promote the country and hopefully attract international companies thus boost the economy and reduce unemployment.
China, Bahrain and the UAE are paying for F1 and I'm sure more. Qatar is paying for motogp.

EDIT by CRASH.NET! No political statements please.

Mark _

April 12, 2013 5:51 PM

Abdulla - You are still missing the point that your race is a government event unlike the US race. I am sure that Bahrain is a great country if you are lucky enough to have been born on the ruling side. I just feel that it is wrong for a F1 race to be a state run event. This is why this race will always be a platform for politics. Every year the anti-government protesters take advantage of this situation. Assuming that the race goes forward hopefully for the people on all sides they will not have their safety compromised. Peace.

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