The organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix have urged teams and drivers to ignore calls for the 2012 event to be boycotted.
Following renewed appeals from human rights groups over the weekend [see separate story - click here
], a spokesperson for the Bahrain International Circuit said today that the 'race is supported by an overwhelming majority of people from all sections of society in Bahrain'.
“Last year, the King of Bahrain commissioned an independent report into alleged human rights abuses, the findings of which were published in November,” a spokesperson for the BIC explained.
“The report found evidence of human rights violations and made certain general and specific recommendations.
“The Government has fully acknowledged the findings of the report and is acting swiftly and convincingly on the recommendations.
“The Bahrain Grand Prix forms a fundamental part of the local economy. It is supported by an overwhelming majority of people from all sections of society in Bahrain and represents a symbol of national unity.
“The independent report was a milestone for Bahrain and we will now work tirelessly to ensure that the race is a great success.”
This year's Bahrain GP is scheduled to take place on April 22, round four on the F1 2012 calendar.