F1 » Sponsors unsure about Bahrain, teams about politics

The Bahrain Grand Prix continues to provoke mixed emotions among various sections of the F1 fraternity.

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Janice McBride - Unregistered

April 13, 2013 11:42 PM

Life in Bahrain is normal for 99% people living there... The disruption is by only a minority of pople! The rest of the community just go about their business as usual! Hy is everyone in the western world making such a big deal of this...I reckon there will be more disruption in the Uk next Wednesday when it is the funeral of Margaret Thatcher!

Ahmed - Unregistered

April 14, 2013 9:12 AM

If you look back to the original Reuters report that this story is taken from regarding the alleged nervousness of sponsors, the only example the Reuters reporter could produce was Thomson Reuters.

Tucked away at the end of the article that the other examples that Reuters triumphant efforts of investigative journalism have uncovered are Johnnie Walker Whisky, which doesn't advertise in the region because of obvious cultural sensitivities and Vodafone, which features its Middle East partner Zain on the cars and advertising instead. Vodafone has insisted that this is for commercial, not political reasons.

So much for sponsors with the jitters.

Most Bahrainis wan the F1 and this is an important event for us. We hope that sponsors, the drivers and spectators will flock to Bahrain and see that things are very different from the very negative picture portrayed by the media.

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