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Ecclestone urges caution

Fresh violence on the streets of Manama lead Bernie Ecclestone to admit its wait and see over whether the F1 season will start in Bahrain
Bernie Ecclestone has said he will wait and see what develops in Bahrain before a decision is taken about whether of not the 2011 F1 season opener will take place.

Just a matter of hours after Ecclestone told the BBC that his team in Bahrain had said there were 'no problems' in the Gulf state, news broke that security forces had opened fire on anti-government protestors who had streamed into the capital Manama following the funerals of those killed in protests earlier in the week.

With reports that the army has been using live rounds of ammunition, and with the situation deteriorating, Ecclestone said it was time to wait and see what develops before a decision is taken on the race.

"I don't know what has happened this afternoon because I've been travelling, but from what I've been told it's a bit different to this morning because of this funeral that's gone on which is what you would expect I suppose," he told the BBC in a second interview.

"I don't fear anything, “ he then replied when asked if he feared the race would be cancelled, “I just think things have changed and that we should wait and see over the weekend exactly what changes there have been."


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sleepy - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 7:19 PM

I dont think any major sporting event should be going to a country that shoots its citizens for demonstrating against corrupt government. What sort of exampele doe sthis serve. We will have a GP in Zimbabwe soon at this rate.

chrian - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 8:17 PM

Bahrain is not going to happen. Nor should it. A major sporting event there is not going to be a benefit for anyone at the moment. And this will not be the end of it, F1 is going to have its hands full for a while with the schedule being what it is. Ironically, it rid itself of so many Euro and NA region races just when the time came forth that it needs them most.



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