Mark Webber has expressed doubt about whether the Bahrain Grand Prix should go ahead due to the ongoing political unrest in the Gulf state.
The race has been at risk due to the deteriorating situation in the country over the past week, with a decision expected to be taken in the coming days about whether the opening round of the 2011 season should take place [See separate story HERE
Speaking to the BBC
in Barcelona during the latest F1 test of pre-season – and the last session due to be held before the teams heads to the Sakhir circuit for the final test before the season starts – Webber admitted that it might not be wise to hold a major sporting event in the country at a time when there is such unrest taking place.
"When you hear of people losing their lives, this is a tragedy,” the Red Bull Racing ace said. "It's probably not the best time to go there for a sporting event. They have bigger things, bigger priorities."
"In the end the right decisions will be made. Maybe it is still the first race, maybe Melbourne is the first race, we don't know. It's not a big deal to be honest because there are more things than Formula 1 in Bahrain.
"They have bigger things, bigger priorities and that is what they want to work on over there, generations of issues. That's the most important thing for them to sort out and not to worry about Formula 1."
Webber's comments follow reports in the Sunday press that a 'leading team' would boycott the event if it went ahead as planned.